Prepare for a bad fire season

WITH Tweed Coast temperatures reaching above average highs in the last few days, residents are being warned to prepare for a high risk of bushfires this summer.

Following Sunday’s fires on the Tweed, and a top temperature of 28 degrees, yesterday’s fire warning was lifted to “locally very high” by the NSW Bureau of Meteorology.

Major parts of NSW were on total fire bans yesterday, but the Tweed Coast remained exempt.

The bureau’s NSW manager of climate services Clinton Rakich predicts that this summer will bring drier than average conditions and temperatures.

“The current decaying of the El Nino over the Pacific Ocean is usually associated with warmer and drier weather in Australia,” Mr Rakich said.

“It’s fair to say that everyone should be gearing up for a hot and dry summer this year.”

“The combination of high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds means any fires can develop and spread quickly, potentially putting life and property at risk,” said NSW Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan.

Conditions are expected to ease in the coming days.



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