The interior was baking yesterday with temperatures reaching up to 48 degrees at Woomera, 14 degrees above the average and the warmest in 61 years for January.
A severe fire danger warning was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for South Australia in; the Northwest Pastoral, Northeast Pastoral, West Coast, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, Mid North and Riverland districts. Gusty northerly winds and the extreme heat have brought the fire prone conditions.
Western NSW sizzled on Tuesday with temperatures reaching into the low 40s. Lightning Ridge recorded 43 degrees, which is 7 above average and the warmest day in seven years for January.
We are experiencing the hottest weather of the summer so far due to clearer skies over the interior, which have allowed heat to build over the past several days.
This heat will continue to move east today, with Australia day to promote water based activities across NSW and QLD.
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