The entirety of South Australia is on fire alert with a State-wide total fire ban kicking in tomorrow (Saturday, January 6th), including Catastrophic fire threats! Above image via Country Fire Service South Australia.

 

Saturday is expected to be a very dangerous day across large parts of South Australia, and most notably over the South East and Greater Adelaide regions as a combination of roasting heat, very low humidity and strong to damaging winds fan the State… seeing heat stress levels, and fire danger levels skyrocket!

A trough moving through is expected to draw in roasting heat, where the entire Eastern half of South Australis and Northern regions of the State are expected to climb into the 40’s. Adelaide is tipped to hit 41ºc – the highest temp of the Summer so far. While other parts of the State are expected to scorch to 45-47ºc! This heat is expected to combine with humidity levels of 10% or less, creating a very dry environment. As the trough moves through, acting as a cool change – winds of 70-100km/h are forecast to occur along it, creating a VERY VOLATILE situation. 

Forecast Maximums via OCF / BSCH for Saturday, January 6th

Forecast Maximums via OCF / BSCH for Saturday, January 6th

 

This setup has lead to the Mount Lofty Ranges, Upper and Lower South East districts being put under a Catastrophic Fire Danger – the first time this has happened for some locations since Black Saturday. The Yorke Peninsula and Mid North are also on an Extreme Fire Danger alert with a State-Wide total fire ban in place!

 

Yes it gets hot in Adelaide, yes its not uncommon for this to occur in Summer, but people need to not be complacent because its the overall setup of dry scorching heat and strong to damaging winds which is fuelling a dangerous situation. Any fires that do get going are likely to move very fast and become quickly out of control! So please be mindful of this and have plans in place, just in case!

Country Fire Service Fire Danger for Saturday - Orange (Severe), Light Red (Extreme), Dark Red (Catastrophic)

Country Fire Service Fire Danger for Saturday – Orange (Severe), Light Red (Extreme), Dark Red (Catastrophic)