Rainfall over parts of eastern Australia during the Christmas breaks hardly extinguished some of the country’s main shrubs, before the deteriorating conditions and the hot wave to come in the coming days.
In New South Wales, around 70 bushfires still burn, despite moderate rain in some parts of the state affected by the fire, while firefighters continued Boxing Day in Southern Australia.
Rob Taggart, a meteorologist at the Meteorological Office, said that the northwest coast of the Guardian NSW and inland had received much rain since Christmas Eve, with some areas reaching approximately 80 mm in total.
However, he added that precipitation in the mountainous areas of the Blue Mountains and on the southern coast was minimal.
“Keeping in mind that some of the higher waterfalls come from storms that hit and are missing, some places across the north coast and inland of the north coast have received some relatively significant falls,” he said on Thursday.
“But not all areas of the Middle North Coast have received so much. Port Macquarie lifted 19 mm. This is a useful rain (but) I’m not sure if it’s enough to put out the fire. “
Further south, a small amount of rain fell on the edge of a huge Gospers Mountain fire in 500,000 hectares in the Blue Mountains and on the south coast, where firefighting in the countryside continues to fight the heat near Nowra.
“Even 5 mm across the Ulladulla area (on the south coast) or 5 mm across the Blue Mountains area does not fire these fires. It can temporarily suppress them, but when it comes to a hot wind drought, it will glow again, ”Taggart said.
Almost 30 NSW fires still got out of control on Thursday afternoon, though more than 1,700 firefighters used Christmas Day repression to bolster the retention lines and create strategic hotspots around the active explosions in NSW, as well as in South Australia and Victoria.
Around 1,400 firefighters continued on Boxing Day, confirming improved conditions for firefighters on the ground, especially in the north.
NSW RFS spokesman Ben Shepherd said firefighters have done a great job since Christmas, while conditions have remained favorable.
“The weather has been a little more for us, but it will be a potentially difficult day to come next week when we start to see the bad fire hazard,” said Shepherd inspector AAP on Thursday.
Two fires in the Deu River valley at Eurobodalle and Currowan fires at Shoalhaven were promoted to Watch and Act on Thursday.
Extensive high to very high fire hazard today across NSW. Currently, there are more than 1,400 employees in the field slowing down the spread of fire. Take the time today to prepare your property for forecasting conditions this weekend and early next week. #NSWRFS pic.twitter.com/6IEL8qoLYu
25 December 2019
The southern parts of NSW began to warm up on Thursday afternoon towards heat temperatures, as state braces over the weekend for other extreme conditions.
Taggart said that hot days will culminate in a cold change on Tuesday, when conditions are likely to be the worst on earth.
“We look forward to raising the fire temperature in the central (a) eastern districts and in the southeast,” Taggart said.
“We are expecting the development of heat conditions and we expect the change, which will move on Tuesday, to New Year’s Eve. The days of change are usually more windy as well.
“Tuesday looks like the day of the next peak of fire weather, with an increase in it.”
Forecasters expected temperatures to reach the mid-1930s in the towns of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, noted by Taggart, one kilometer above sea level. In Hunter Valley, temperatures are likely to be low until mid-1940s.
In South Australia, where the Adelaide Hills Black Forest Fever is currently burning to its lowest alert level, temperatures are expected to reach 39 ° C in the state capital on Friday.
Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland
The warning ⛈️ has spread to the wider # FNQ inland area from Daintree – Atherton Tablelands – Gregory Ranges. Thunderstorms can cause harmful winds or severe hail this afternoon. #QldStorm https://t.co/CinugnxqkN pic.twitter.com/pLTMMqOzBZ
26 December 2019
Meanwhile, Queensland hit 620,000 lightning bolts as a series of storms stuck southeast of the state.
Eleven people were treated for minor injuries, while 21,500 lost power on Christmas Eve and December 25th.
The Bureau said storms will bring harmful winds and heavy hail on Thursday afternoon in northern Queensland.
The Australian Associated Press contributed to this report.