Heat blasts as fire fears heightened in South Australia and Victoria

Total fire bans will continue for parts of Victoria today, with temperatures predicted to hit 41 degrees.

VICTORIA’S northern districts will continue under a second day of total fire bans, with temperatures predicted to hit 41 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecast a severe fire danger for the northern country, with maximum temperatures around 41C, relative humidity down to 10 per cent and winds averaging 40km/h expected.

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) said on its website no fires can be lit or remain alight in the open air for 24 hours until midnight tonight, the second day in a row after Victoria sweltered in high temperatures yesterday.

Meanwhile, the BoM also issued a severe fire warning for South Australia’s north west pastoral, north east pastoral, Flinders and Riverland districts, with maximum temperatures predicted in the low 40s and relative humidity below 10 per cent.

SA’s Country Fire Service (CFS) advised that fires burning under these conditions were likely to be fast-moving and uncontrollable.

The BoM also issued a severe fire danger for the Central West District of Western Australia.

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