A short, sharp burst of very hot weather is on the way for South Australia and the southeastern States during Friday and Saturday.
These hot, dry and gusty conditions are likely to lead to elevated fire dangers through parts of South Australia and Victoria on Saturday. The Mount Lofty Ranges and also the Lower South East district are expected to experience ratings of 'Catastrophic'—a level that hasn't been reached in the Mount Lofty Ranges since January 2013.
'Severe' to 'extreme' ratings are also likely to be reached through parts of western and central Victoria, and a total fire ban has been declared for the whole State on Saturday.
A front will move across western and southern parts of South Australia during Saturday, expecting to reach Adelaide early to mid-afternoon. And ahead of the front, the temperatures are going be very high: Large parts of the country are expected to experience over 40 °C—including Adelaide and Melbourne. And down in eastern Tasmania we're also expecting to see temperatures in the low to mid-30s. Now the winds ahead of the front will be very gusty, particularly close to the change and also about elevated areas.