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Catastrophic Fire Danger for the Eucla

Drew Casper-Richardson, Saturday December 7, 2013 - 13:34 EDT

Very hot, dry and windy conditions have caused the issue of a Catastrophic Fire Danger for the Eucla in Western Australia.

A trough has been lingering over Western Australia in recent days, triggering widespread heavy rain and storms over northern and central parts. On Saturday, the trough will filter a very hot airmass over states southeast and bring fresh to strong northwest winds over the region.

The combination of these conditions are ripe for fires to spread rapidly and be difficult to bring under the control. This has lead to the Catastrophic Fire Danger being issued for the Eucla, the highest Fire Danger rating. In the Eucla, temperatures will reach the mid-to-high thirties with northwest winds gusting to 60-70km/h.

Further north, the Gascoyne, Goldfields and northeast parts of the Central Wheat Belt will be under a Severe Fire Danger as winds will be lighter than in the Eucla.

On Sunday, conditions will ease as a change moves through the region, bringing cooler conditions. Southerly windS will remain gusty though and may may reach 45-55km/h at times.

- Weatherzone

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