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Parts of Australia braces for heatwave, issues fire alert

PTI | Last Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:32

Melbourne: Various parts of Australia are preparing for another round of heatwave with temperatures set to cross 40 degrees Celsius and fire alert has been sounded in a few states.

States have declared total fire bans across South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania ahead of the extreme heat. Adelaide`s maximum temperature today is pegged to reach 41 degrees C, with 40 C on Friday, 41 C on Saturday and 40 C on Sunday, an ABC report said.

A catastrophic fire danger rating has been issued for the state`s lower south-east, the report said.

Country Fire Service state coordinator Brenton Eden said "We are facing a horror day when we already have existing fires burning in the state."

In Victoria, some parts are expected to stay above 40 degrees C for six days, while Melbourne will be in the 30s for much of the week.

Mildura in the state`s north is expected to touch 40 degrees C for a week while southern parts of Victoria will also have a period of extended heat.

First Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:32
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