Another round of severe fire conditions are expected across Southern and parts of South East and Central QLD on Monday and Tuesday as hot, dry, gusty conditions dominate the State. Above image – Maximums for Tuesday via BSCH / OCF.

 

Southern and South East QLD are expected to see another round of severe fire danger potential across Monday and Tuesday. This is all being generated by a broad low pressure region across Northern NSW / Southern QLD which is linked to a trough. This combination is drawing in hot and dry air across Northern NSW and across the majority of QLD during the period of Monday to Thursday. However – with the low pressure region in place on Monday and Tuesday, gusty winds are expected to circulate around it which will amplify conditions.

Wind gusts across the State on Monday & Tuesday. Orange >40km/h, Pink >60km/h. Image via Windy

 

On Monday, the focus of the fire threat will be over Southern Inland QLD through the Warrego and Maranoa, however very high fire dangers will persist across the majority of Inland QLD. Across the Warrego & Maranoa, temperatures are expected to peak at around 38-40ºc with winds gusting to between 40 and 60km/h, possibly locally higher during the afternoon. These winds will also likely produce some raised dust across the region.

On Tuesday, the heat spreads further East. Maximums are expected to climb into the mid to high 30’s across Southern & Central QLD, possibly even nudging 40ºc in some areas. This will combine with sporadically gusty winds of 30-50km/h across the Darling Downs & Granite Belt along with the Central Highlands to produce severe fire potential. Strong winds and hot temperatures into the low 40’s are expected across Northern Inland QLD too. 

Fire Danger Risk for Monday and Tuesday across QLD via QFES

 

 

During Wednesday and Thursday the majority of Inland QLD is expected to be covered by ‘very high’ fire dangers and these could increase further, particularly on Thursday when hot conditions persist across the majority of the State along with  the addition of a cool change brings in very strong winds across extensive parts of the State. 

Wind gusts across the State on Thursday. Orange >40km/h, Pink >60km/h. Image via Windy