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Severe Weather Update: dangerous fire conditions and record breaking heat 21 November 2019

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Hello again from the Bureau of Meteorology Record breaking heat and dangerous fire weather will focus further east today with a Code Red in place for the Mallee and Northern Country

Catastrophic fire dangers were observed in South Australia yesterday and numerous November temperature records tumbled Today, that heat will move east ahead of a strong cold front North to north-westerly winds will strengthen ahead of the change, with peak gusts between 90 and 120 km/h particularly with storms A severe weather warning is current for Victoria and Tasmania This hot, dry and gusty weather, will lead to elevated fire dangers through South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania

A Code Red is in place for the Mallee and Northern Country in Victoria where catastrophic fire dangers are forecast For New South Wales the danger will be heightened by the risk of thunderstorms and dry lightning which may ignite new fires and gusts may result in difficult conditions on the ground We're also seeing low to severe heatwave conditions through southern Queensland, much of New South Wales and the ACT with both daytime and night-time temperatures unusually high It'll remain warm through eastern parts with possible dust reaching the coast on Friday and smoke continuing to be an issue Showers and storms will continue, with the focus shifting further north and over fire affected areas over the weekend though rainfall will be hit and miss and not guaranteed to provide significant relief

That's all for now Please keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings and follow the advice of your local emergency services and health authorities

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