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Severe heatwave warning for Tasmania’s north ahead of hot weekend

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Severe heatwave warning issued ahead of hot weekend. Image / Pulse

A severe heatwave warning has been issued covering most of Tasmania’s north, as temperatures around 30°C are forecast for parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects heatwave conditions to affect the entire south and southwest of the state, as well as the north-west and north-east, in the coming days.


“Maximum temperatures increasing to the high twenties to mid thirties and minimum temperatures increasing to the mid to high teens across northern and northeastern Tasmania apart from mountain areas from Saturday,” the BOM said.

“Severe heatwave conditions are expected to peak across the long weekend with a prolonged run of heat. The expected passage of a trough on Tuesday should bring relief from the south.”

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

“Locations likely to be impacted include Bridport, Fingal, George Town, Launceston, Oatlands, St Helens, Scottsdale, Smithton, Sheffield and Whitemark.”

The rise in temperature may pose challenges for Tasmania Fire Service crews who continue to battle a deliberate bushfire in Launceston.

The warning area. Image / BOM

“Crews are expected to remain on the ground for several days, with fire weather forecast to be moderate today, and high across the weekend,” District Officer Rick Mahnken said.

“No structures or critical assets have been impacted by the fire and backburning operations will commence today which may cause smoke in the area.”


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