Hot Ho­bart burns off in­ter­state cities

(... just don’t men­tion it will be 17C and rain­ing to­mor­row)

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - JES­SICA HOWARD and ALEX LUT­TRELL

IT’S not a claim Ho­bart can make too of­ten, but the cap­i­tal could boast warmer tem­per­a­tures than our tra­di­tion­ally hot in­ter­state coun­ter­parts Bris­bane, Cairns and Perth for much of yes­ter­day.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy data showed that in Ho­bart, the mercury peaked at 29.8C at 3.16pm while Bushy Park, Grove and Ho­bart air­port all cracked 30C.

Bris­bane man­aged a max­i­mum of “just” 26.5C, Cairns 29.7C and Perth 27.6C.

En­joy­ing the main­land-like weather yes­ter­day were Launceston’s Char­lotte White and Jay Med­win, who took a dip at Sandy Bay’s Long Beach along with many lo­cals.

The warmer trend con­tin­ues to­day with a top of 30C pre­dicted and a pos­si­ble thun­der­storm in the af­ter­noon and early evening.

There is also a high chance of show­ers and a sharp de­cline in tem­per­a­ture to­mor­row with a max­i­mum of only 17C.

Hot weather of­ten means bush­fires and a blaze was yes­ter­day burn­ing near Waratah on Tas­ma­nia’s West Coast.

The Tas­ma­nia Fire Ser­vice alerted the com­mu­nity to the fire at Rom­ney Marsh, Guild­ford, just af­ter 3.30pm, with mo­torists on the Murchi­son High­way urged to take cau­tion north of Belvoir Rd.

The TFS said there was no threat to com­mu­ni­ties but smoke and ash might im­pact the sur­round­ing ar­eas. Fuel re­duc­tion burns were tak­ing place at Greens Beach, Wey­mouth and Sand­ford, with a sim­i­lar burn at Port Sorell now un­der con­trol.

The Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice has is­sued spe­cific bans on camp­fires in parks on the East Coast. The TFS has also ex­tended the fire per­mit pe­riod for the north­ern Tas­ma­nian ar­eas of Flin­ders Is­land, Ge­orge Town and Launceston.

The ex­ten­sion was the re­sult of low rain­fall and dry spells on the East Coast, the North and North- East coastal ar­eas and the Flin­ders Is­land group.

Landown­ers who want to do a burn-off now need a fire per­mit.

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