Hot, windy weather to come

Strong winds and dust storms are predicted for South Australia tomorrow, September 19, before a cold front rolls in to bring cooler temperatures.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology Thursday will be warm to hot with fresh to strong and gusty northerly winds which could reach gale forces in parts.

The strong winds are expected to cause dust clouds across many parts of the state.

Later in the day a strong and gusty west to southwesterly change will roll over the far west and continue to the central districts in the evening and reaching the South East later.

BOM stated there could be a slight to medium chance of showers and possible gusty thunderstorms developing during the late afternoon and evening over the western districts, Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

Predicted temperatures will range from 34 degrees at Port Augusta, Port Pirie and Whyalla to 24 at Kingscote, Robe and Mt Gambier.

Ceduna, Clare and Murray Bridge are likely to hit 31 degrees, while Port Lincoln and Maitland are predicted to hit 27, Nuriootpa and Victor Harbor 28, and Bordertown and Naracoorte to reach 26.

Be prepared

State Emergency Services chief of staff Darryl Wright said people should be prepared for the winds and dust storms which could cause damage.

"People can protect themselves by staying inside during dusty conditions, with the doors and windows closed," he said.

"Where possible, people should avoid being around large trees during strong winds, and secure loose items, such as trampolines."

Mr Wright said drivers should also be vigilant when driving.

"If the visibility is reduced, take extra precautions such as turning your headlights on, allow safe braking distances, and drive to the conditions," he said.

CFS State Duty Commander Yvette Dowling said Fire Danger Ratings will increase tomorrow.

"Due to a drier and warmer than average winter we will see Fire Danger Ratings rise quickly across most parts of the state tomorrow," she said.

Areas of concern for the CFS include the Flinders Ranges, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Yorke Peninsula, West Coast and parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges and Kangaroo Island.

"There are areas across the state that are already very dry.

"With dry fuel loads and winds of up to 60kph tomorrow, we are asking people in areas of risk to delay any works or burn offs which could quickly result in large scale fires."

Precautions

  • stay indoors and away from windows and skylights when weather conditions are severe
  • secure loose items in your backyard
  • park vehicles undercover and well away from trees
  • shelter and secure pets and other animals
  • stay away from fallen powerlines. Always assume fallen powerlines are live - they should be reported to SA Power Networks on 13 13 66, and
  • check weather forecasts regularly and listen to local radio for updates.
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