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Heat wave continues in Deniliquin District

Temperatures have soared above 40°C in the region, enforicing a total fire ban day today.

December 20, 2013 8:55am

Last night’s downpour did little to relieve the sweltering heat wave sweeping across the region.

Yesterday, the mercury hit 30°C by 8am, and did not drop below it until 11pm.

Temperatures soared to over 41°C and 3mm of rain fell just after 9pm.

Today it is expected to get to a top of 43°C and a total fire ban has been put in place.

The heat wave is expected to subside slightly tomorrow with a top of 36°C and mostly sunny day predicted.

Temperatures will be below 30°C for Monday and Tuesday, with Christmas Day predicted to be mostly sunny with a top of 34°C.

Today’s total fire ban was issued because of forecasted hot and windy conditions.

The severe fire danger warning will be in place until midnight.

The NSW Rural Fire Service advises that on a day with a severe fire danger rating, well prepared homes that are actively defended can provide safety during a fire.

People should check their Bush Fire Survival Plan and monitor conditions.

On a day of total fire ban, no fires may be lit in the open. People should report any unattended fires to Triple Zero.

A gas or electric barbecue is allowed but only if:

It is on a residential property within 20 metres of the house or dwelling

It is in a picnic area and approved by Council, National Parks or State Forest

It is under the direct control of a responsible adult

The ground around the barbecue is cleared for two metres of all material that can burn

You have an immediate and continuous supply of water available.

For full details of total fire ban rules and a map of current total fire bans areas, go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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