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SA on bushfire alert


Nine South Australian districts have severe bushfire warnings in place today as a burst of warm and windy weather, captured from the remnants of tropical cyclone Seroja, puts the state on high alert.

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The Bureau of Meteorology says a cold front moving across the state from the west could bring wind gusts of up to 90km/h for a brief period today, with raised dust also expected ahead of cooler weather from Wednesday.

The cold front has formed from the remains of cyclone Seroja, which hit Western Australia’s mid-west coast on Sunday night.

The Country Fire Service says those districts most at risk of fires include the west coast, the Yorke and Eyre peninsulas, Kangaroo Island, the Adelaide Hills and the southeast, where total fire bans are in place.

Temperatures will climb into the mid-30s in some regional centres while Adelaide is forecast to have a top of 26C.

“The Adelaide plains are likely to avoid the worst of the winds,” BoM meteorologist Bonnie Haselgrove said on Monday.

“Certainly the windiest conditions are likely to be in the Hills, and in particular around the eastern slopes of the Mount Lofty Ranges.”

The lack of rain in recent weeks has left Adelaide’s reservoir supplies at 48 per cent of capacity, compared to 41 per cent at the same time last year.

The Kangaroo Creek and Little Para catchments are the driest at just 23 and 29 per cent.

SA may get some showers over the next few days, but forecasts are for no more than a few millimetres, well short of any significant break in the season.

Haselgrove warned SA motorists to “drive to the conditions”, with raised dust posing a visibility hazard to drivers in the regions.

-with AAP

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