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Extreme heat to hit Australia’s south-east

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Staff Writer | January 5, 2018
Emergency services are warning people to stay indoors and avoid playing sport this weekend as much of south-east Australia will become "like a blast furnace" with "killer" temperatures across three states.
Australia heat
Pacific   Temperatures set to soar to 45C
Temperatures are expected to soar as high as 45 degrees in western Sydney and parts of South Australia, including Leigh Creek and Roseworthy.

Fire danger will be rated “severe” in many parts of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, and “extreme” and potentially “catastrophic” in some areas, as strengthening northerly winds drag down hot air from the interior, Weatherzone says.

It will be the worst fire weather in some areas in about two years and potentially the worst since Black Saturday in February 2009, Weatherzone senior meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.

Victoria’s Emergencies Services Minister James Merlino urged all Victorians to have their bushfire plans ready.

Western Sydney residents should prepare for the hottest weekend in more than 20 years, with Penrith expected to reach a tops of 45 degrees.