Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Hunter fire officials on alert for heatwave

Tuesday January 8, 2013 - 07:36 EDT
ABC image
Hunter fire officials on alert for heatwave. - ABC

The Rural Fire Service is urging Hunter Valley residents to be vigilant, ahead of scorching temperatures predicted in some areas tomorrow.

Heatwave like conditions are expected to grip much of the state R-F-S crews are today trying to contain 80 fires burning around the state before the hot weather strikes.

There are fires burning near Singleton and there are other blazes in the Great Lakes and at Gloucester.

The mercury will reach up to 43 degrees in some areas in the Hunter tomorrow and RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd says residents must be prepared.

"A number of these fires are burning in quite inaccessible terrain so firefighters are doing the best they can to try and get them under control," he said.

"Look as a result of lightning some of these fires in inaccessible areas may not actually come up until we see that onset of those warmer, windy conditions."


© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Global warming and El Nino set to make 2015 the hottest year on record, WMO says

00:41 EDT

This year is set to be the hottest on record, due to a strong El Nino season and global warming, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says.

'Weather nerd' and social media celebrity joins Victoria's list of unsung Bureau of Meteorology heroes

20:32 EDT

Jono Ingram might refer to himself as a 'weather nerd', but to Donald locals in western Victoria, he is an online celebrity.

Tassie's taste of winter weather

20:16 EDT

A strong front is bringing damaging winds, with rain and snow to follow.