Here we go AGAIN: Heatwave set to hit the east coast will drive bushfire danger levels up once more as temperatures are expected to hit 45C
- A blistering heatwave is set to hit Australia’s east coast over the weekend
- The front of hot air is expected to ramp temperatures back up across NSW
- BOM says the fire risk is going to escalate on the NSW south-coast on Friday
- Temperatures in South Australia will reach upward of 37C starting Wednesday
- In Melbourne 41C temps are forecast for Friday with possible storms on Saturday
- Sydney will see the full brunt owith temperatures of 45C over the weekend
A blistering heatwave will send bushfire danger levels skyrocketing once again as it sweeps across eastern Australia this week.
A front of hot air is moving south of the country and is expected to ramp temperatures back up across coastal NSW over the weekend, re-elevating bushfire danger for beleaguered communities.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the fire risk across the most-populated areas of NSW is set to escalate from Friday, with the NSW south coast, southeast regions and ACT likely the worst affected.
A front of hot air is moving south of the country and is expected to ramp temperatures back up across coastal NSW over the weekend
A blistering heatwave is set to sweep across Australia this week as bushfire danger levels will rise once again
Western Sydney could also experience temperatures of up to 45C.
This is because a system of hot air moving south of the Australian continent will help drag hot air across the NSW coast.
‘It looks like fire danger is ramping up as we head into the weekend and Saturday will be the peak day again,’ BOM meteorologist David Wilke told AAP.
Northern NSW will also experience bushfire danger through to Sunday.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says warm, dry and windy weather has led to a total fire ban being issued for the southern ranges on Tuesday. There’s also very high fire danger in the central and southeast regions of NSW.
The service encouraged NSW locals to prepare for tough conditions this weekend.
Fire authorities, meanwhile, have confirmed an additional 25 homes have been lost to bushfires in NSW, taking the total number of losses this season to 2400.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the fire risk across the most-populated areas of NSW is set to escalate from Friday
A system of hot air moving south of the Australian continent will help drag hot air across the NSW coast (women pictured at Sydney beach)
The RFS says assessments carried out since Friday have revealed an additional 25 homes were destroyed and almost 300 saved in the most recent blazes, taking the housing toll to 2399.
The death toll from the state’s unprecedented bushfire season climbed to 25 last week after a man’s body was on Friday found in a NSW south coast home.
What is a heatwave?
The Bureau of Meteorology defines a heatwave as: ‘three days or more of high maximum and minimum temperatures that is unusual for that location’.
It takes into account both overnight and daytime temperatures
The heatwave must be ‘unusually’ hot for that location during a particular month
The 59-year-old man’s remains were found in a house in Bodalla, southwest of Moruya, after a bushfire raged through the area on Thursday.
Three US firefighters also died on Thursday when their aerial water tanker crashed northeast of Cooma. The families of the three men are expected to visit the Peak View crash site on Wednesday.
There are currently more than 55 fires burning across NSW, while a blaze in the Orroral Valley in the Namadgi National Park in the ACT is at emergency level.
The 3000-hectare fire – which is threatening properties on Boboyan, Apollo and Top Naas roads – has not yet jumped across the ACT-NSW border.
There is no current threat to properties in Tharwa or Canberra.
‘Leaving immediately is the safest option. Soon it will be too dangerous to drive,’ the ACT Emergency Services Agency said in a statement.
The RFS says warm, dry and windy weather has led to a total fire ban being issued for the southern ranges on Tuesday
‘The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path.’
Shoalhaven City Council urged visitors to return to the south coast to inject some much-need cash back into the local tourism industry.
Shoalhaven Tourism Advisory Group chair Rob Crow said some towns are rebuilding but most remain unaffected directly by bushfires and need help.
‘Recovery is a long game and we need our visitors back more than ever,’ Mr Crow said in a statement on Tuesday.
AUSTRALIA’S FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST:
Wednesday: Min 20, Max 26
Thursday: Min 21, Max 28
Friday: Min 23, Max 31
Saturday: Min 26, Max 34
Sunday: Min 25, Max 32
Wednesday: Min 22, Max 32
Thursday: Min 22, Max 31
Friday: Min 23, Max 30
Saturday: Min 22, Max 29
Sunday: Min 23, Max 33
Wednesday: Min 16, Max 28
Thursday: Min 22, Max 37
Friday: Min 23, Max 38
Saturday: Min 15, Max 33
Sunday: Min 14, Max 21
Wednesday: Min 26, Max 37
Thursday: Min 28, Max 40
Friday: Min 24, Max 33
Saturday: Min 15, Max 25
Sunday: Min 15, Max 23
Wednesday: Min 19, Max 26
Thursday: Min 15, Max 33
Friday: Min 22, Max 33
Saturday: Min 13, Max 24
Sunday: Min 13, Max 20
Wednesday: Min 18, Max 27
Thursday: Min 14, Max 23
Friday: Min 14, Max 24
Saturday: Min 16, Max 27
Sunday: Min 15, Max 35
Wednesday: Min 28, Max 32
Thursday: Min 27, Max 33
Friday: Min 27, Max 32
Saturday: Min 27, Max 31
Sunday: Min 26, Max 33
Wednesday: Min 15, Max 35
Thursday: Min 18, Max 38
Friday: Min 24, Max 39
Saturday: Min, 25 Max 40
Sunday: Min 23, Max 25