Australia Fire Weather Situation ! (credit: NWS Rural Fire Weather Service via Higgins Storm Chasing)
DISCUSSION: As a particularly strong high pressure system continues to dominate across many parts of central and eastern Australia, very serious fire weather conditions will remain in the place at least for the duration of this weekend. More specifically, this strong high pressure system is facilitating widespread hot and dry conditions across a large span of Australia. As a result of this hot and dry weather pattern in control across eastern and central parts of Australia, there is a legitimate threat for small campsite fires or light compost burning to ignite much larger fires even from the embers of localized fires landing on very dry grasses and so forth. Therefore, if you are living across central and/or eastern Australia, be sure to maintain a strong awareness of your surroundings and avoid use matches unnecessarily or burning anything outside of your home since it will have the potential to lead to much more serious and widespread fire weather issues. It is worth noting that despite the seriousness of this fire weather threat, there are some signs of breaks in the persistent high pressure system which will allow for some breaks in these hazardous hot and dry conditions!
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