The West

Wild weather across the country


Soaring temperatures in the country’s south-east corner have fire authorities on high alert.

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Soaring temperatures in the country's south-east corner have fire authorities on high alert today with strong, hot winds also forecast.

Queensland is copping its own wild weather with residents warned to prepare for a cyclone developing over the Coral Sea.

South Australia is set to swelter again.

Fire crews are on stand-by for the hot and blustery conditions with a total fire ban in place for all districts.

Yesterday, a family narrowly escaped a blaze which burned within metres of a their Adelaide Hills home.

It was off and running.

There was no way I was going to put it out with what I've got here.

Not a chance.

Fire bans are also in place across Victoria.

Strong northerly winds will drive temperatures into the 40s as police step up their hunt for two teenagers and a child suspected of deliberately lighting fires in Melbourne's north.

Health authorities are also preparing to feel the heat and are expecting an influx of patients.

Yes, this is on the back of a heatwave a week ago.

So it is probably even more important to keep a more vigilant eye on relatives and the vulnerable.

Beachgoers in Queensland had a taste of the Sunshine State's wilder weather - dozens of swimmers and jet skiers had to be rescued in the big swell.

Several people were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The people that are coming now, as it's a bit warmer, certainly make it trickier with the conditions.

There'll be more heavy seas pounding the Queensland shoreline with the state's cyclone season set to kick into gear.

A low system brewing over the Coral Sea is likely to be named a cyclone by tomorrow.

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