THE maximum temperature in New Norfolk is likely to peak at 40 degrees by 2pm today (Monday), with an 80% chance of showers this evening, and a thunderstorm likely in the afternoon, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
There is a Fire Weather Warning in effect and a Total Fire Ban remains in place until 2am Tuesday. Temperatures in New Norfolk are forecast to begin to drop around 6pm, reaching 25 degrees by sunset and 18 degrees by midnight. Tomorrow is expected to be a partly-cloudy day with a maximum of 22 degrees.
Similarly extreme conditions are being experienced across the eastern half of the state today, with the Derwent Valley, South-East and the entire East Coast being of most concern to the Tasmania Fire Service.
“Our greatest concern today is lightning strikes,” a TFS spokesman said. “If lightning strikes hit the ground on your property and a fire starts, please call TFS immediately on Triple Zero (000) so fire crews can attend.
“In extreme conditions, bushfires are very difficult to control, and even homes built to modern standards are very hard to defend. If a fire breaks out you cannot expect a fire truck in every driveway.
“Review your bushfire survival plan and decide now what you will do if a fire breaks out in your area. Stay away from bushland in the highest risk areas. Remember it’s a total fire ban until 2am Tuesday for the north and south.”
Total Fire Ban – December 28-31: Media Release.
Tasmania Fire Service alerts and incidents: Click for updates.
Weather warnings: Click for updates.
General advice for days of Total Fire Ban: From Tasmania Fire Service
Water use during Total Fire Bans: Advice from TasWater
Road closures: Gordon River Rd closed at Scotts Peak Rd turnoff. Click for updates.
New Norfolk tip site: Closed due to total fire ban. Click for updates.
Mt Field National Park: Open today (alpine walks closed). Click for updates.
Railtrack Riders: Closed due to total fire ban. Click for updates.
Derwent Valley Council: Closed until January 2. Emergency phone number 6261 8500.
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