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Severe heatwave warning extended, parts of Tasmania to reach 36°C this week

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Severe heatwave warning extended as temps forecast to hit 36°C. Image / Pulse

A severe heatwave warning has been extended to cover most of Tasmania’s south, as temperatures in excess of 35°C are forecast for parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects severe heatwave conditions to hit all of the south and southwest of the state, as well as the north-west and north-east, on Thursday.

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Hobart and its surrounds are forecast to reach 35°C on Thursday, up from the initial 33°C forecast on Monday, while Huonville and New Norfolk are expected to climb to 36°C.

“Maximum temperatures in the mid twenties to low thirties [are forecast], increasing to the high twenties in the northwest and mid thirties in the southeast on Thursday. Minimum temperatures in the mid to high teens,” the BOM say.

Tasmanians flock to Sandy Bay Beach to beat the hot weather in January. Image / Pulse

“Locations likely to be impacted include Adventure Bay, Brighton, Cygnet, Dover, Geeveston, Hobart, Huonville, Orford, Richmond and Sorell.”

A cool change will move over Tasmania overnight Thursday, with milder temperatures forecast for Friday.

The updated heatwave warning area for Thursday. Image / BOM

The Tasmania Fire Service has stopped issuing fire permits and cancelled existing ones for the remainder of the week, urging people to remain extra vigilant.

“If you have burned in the last week, check your fire is fully extinguished … If you need emergency assistance, or you see fire or smoke in the landscape, call Triple Zero (000) immediately,” the TFS said.

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