A significant fire threat is expected across both the South East quarter of QLD and much of North East NSW on Friday as a dangerous set of conditions combine over these areas leading to EXTREME fire danger potential and even locally CATASTROPHIC conditions can’t be ruled out! Above image – Wind gusts Friday afternoon during peak heating via Windy!

 

On Friday, November 8th, a surface trough will become active directly along the Coastline through SEQLD & NENSW. This trough will allow for very warm to hot and dry air aloft to combine with strengthening South Westerly winds. This atmospheric combination will result in widespread maximums in the mid to high 30s with some locations likely to nudge 40°C+ as well – this is around 8-12°C above the normal November average! 

Forecast Maximums for Friday across SEQLD & NENSW via BSCH / OCF

 

 

Winds will begin gusty across the Ranges during the morning with peak gusts of 50-70km/h expected. As the day progresses we are expected to see winds increase as well with widespread gusts of 50-70km/h across the entire South East quarter of QLD & expansive parts of NSW in general. Peak gusts nearing 90km/h are also expected. These winds will coincide with temperatures in the mid to high 30s which will ultimate see fire indices skyrocket to dangerous levels! 

Forecast Fire Threat for Friday via NSW RFS

 

 

A very gusty but DRY cool change will move through overnight into Saturday which will only worsen conditions as well, with a wind direction change making any ongoing fires difficult to contain! 

We cannot stress enough that you MUST follow any advice from fire emergency or police officials as emergency warnings will be issued extremely quickly given the conditions! We will post emergency warnings as soon as they are issued by officials!

Forecast Fire Threat for Friday via QFES