Severe weather update: record heat and elevated fire dangers for parts of NSW & Qld, 8 October 2019

Severe weather update: record heat and elevated fire dangers for parts of NSW & Qld, 8 October 2019

October 9, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


I’m here with Jonathan How senior
forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology’s Extreme Weather Desk, and
Jonathan scorching conditions across parts of both New South Wales and
Queensland yesterday. That’s right Mel, we saw a very hot
day across parts of northern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland
yesterday with temperatures getting up into the high 30s and even low 40s, and
we did see a number of records falling across New South Wales yesterday; places
like Kempsey and Armidale broke their October records, however Grafton was a
real standout, getting to a staggering 40.6 degrees which is 15 degrees above
average at this time of year. And those hot conditions continuing again today?
That’s right, we could see more records tumble again today. Looking at the
temperature map here you can see slightly cooler conditions towards
inland parts of New South Wales, but the heat really does push towards
the coast today, getting back into the high 30s and low 40s again. Looking at
Brisbane 36 degrees, a real scorcher for them today, getting up into 40 degree
territory for the western suburbs of Brisbane. And what’s the current
situation with the bushfires? We did see quite a dangerous bushfire situation
yesterday. Having a look at the satellite you can see with the really hot
air and quite windy conditions it did really start to flare up some of those
ongoing fires across New South Wales and across the border as well.
We did see some thunderstorms spark up near the coast, but unfortunately little
rainfall fell out of those and we could see more dry thunderstorms again today.
And what’s the situation with fire ratings today? For today we are
continuing to see elevated fire danger conditions, a little bit of an easing
trend towards western parts of New South Wales but we are seeing severe fire
danger conditions spread towards southeastern parts of Queensland, so a
number of fire weather warnings are still current for those communities. I
guess the big question is when are we going to finally see some relief. Yeah
the good news is that there is a cool change in the way, expected to move
through parts of northeastern New South Wales throughout this afternoon and
getting across the border into southeastern Queensland through the
evening, so a very hot day again today, but there is relief on the way. In the
meantime what advice would you give to those communities which really are still
suffering through this heat? So another hot day again today so it is important that
people stay cool and hydrated where they can, and to think sun smart
especially if you’re heading out and about today. And for those in the fire
affected regions it is very important to stay up-to-date with latest warnings and
as always, to follow all advice from local fire and emergency
services. It’s great advice, thank you so much Jonathan. That’s all from the Bureau
of Meteorology, we’ll see you next time. you