Sunday high fire risk, Monday higher

Firefighters say Monday will be a high fire danger day due to moderately high temperatures combined with a “messy” wind change and potential lightning strikes in parts of Victoria.
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The CFA’s deputy chief officer, John Haynes said total fire bans had been declared for Sunday, a day of extreme heat, in the state’s south west, central and north central districts.

But Monday poses a bigger fire threat due to a wind change and lightning.

“We’ve got total fire bans tomorrow (Sunday) but it looks like Monday is going to be our big fire danger day for this week, and all also in to Tuesday,” Mr Haynes said.

“Monday is going to have a wind change during the day, so it’s going to be a lot windier and then a change of direction, and also some potential lightning later in the day, which will cause more fires.

“Although we haven’t got a lot of wind, it’s been so hot and dry that any slight variation of wind could now cause a pretty serious fire.”

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rod Dixon said Sunday’s temperatures were expected to be reach 42-44 degrees inland, 39 in central Melbourne and up to 43 in the Yarra Valley.

He said the wind change was expected early on Monday, reaching speeds of up to 50 kilometres an hour.

“In terms of the change, it’s a bit of a messy change; it’s not like a usual straight northerly going around to a southerly,” Mr Dixon said.

“There’s a southerly change in the west during early Monday morning, and then that extends eastwards probably early during Monday afternoon.”

Possible lightning strikes are predicted during Monday afternoon, mainly for the north west, central and eastern districts.

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