Severe fire alert amid storm chaos

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Warnings are live for thunderstorms, flooding and fires as the nation braces for more days of extreme weather.

    Australian are bracing for a day of extremes with alerts live for flooding, severe fires and an unseasonal heatwave as thunderstorms continue to linger off the east coast.

    Despite a run of wet and wild weather, the Bureau of Meteorology says hot, dry and west to southwesterly winds will combine to produce severe fire dangers across Queensland’s Central Highlands and Coalfields district on Tuesday.

    The coastal region of Queensland is keeping an eye on the storm system that has, for now, moved offshore.

    Forecasters are still expecting more showers for Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra and possible storms in Brisbane on Tuesday.

    Severe fire dangers are also possible in parts of the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders regions, the Central West, the Gulf Country and Northwest districts and the northern part of the Maranoa and Warrego district.

    The warning comes after Queensland’s southeast corner was belted by more rain and golf-ball-sized hail on Monday afternoon, while a mini tornado was captured near Gladstone in the afternoon.

    More thunderstorms are possible from Central Queensland down to the Northern Tablelands of NSW, though the danger is not as severe as it was on Monday.

    Meanwhile, meteorologist Sarah Scully said a heatwave would move across the nation’s interior over the next couple of days, bringing with it temperatures between six to 12 degrees above the October average.

    “It’s very interesting and diverse at the moment,” Ms Scully said.

    Flood warnings are live for several rural regions of NSW and Victoria after a run of heavy rain. Floodwaters are moving down the Murray River, with minor flooding possible at Barham on the Victoria-NSW border on Wednesday.

    Rain has also caused “significant” river level rises along the Lachlan River and its tributaries. The main flood peak along the Lachlan River has passed the NSW town of Condobolin and is approaching Euabalong, with minor flooding possibly occurring along the Lachlan River at Euabalong and Hillston early this week.

    Minor flooding continues along the Lachlan River at Booligal.

    Elsewhere, snow has fallen on Kunanyi-Mount Wellington at Hobart, while Western Australia is bracing for the arrival of widespread rain and gusty winds.

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