Smoke haze from Victoria's fires not going away just yet.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS February 14, 2014 4:04am
A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster says the thick smoke blanket hanging over Greater Shepparton will remain until the weekend.
Michael Efron said smoke from the Kilmore, Wunghnu and Numurkah fires had lingered in the air because of light winds.
‘‘With this light wind regime at the moment there is nothing to move the smoke away,’’ Mr Efron said.
‘‘There is some over most of the state, but it’s especially thick around northern Victoria.’’
Mr Efron said winds would remain light into the weekend.
‘‘Winds are going to remain relatively light over the next 24 hours and into Saturday,’’ he said.
But Sunday could bring some smoke relief.
‘‘Stronger south, south-westerly winds on Sunday should at least reduce some smoke intensity,’’ Mr Efron said.
The Environment Protection Authority on Wednesday issued a low-level smoke alert for northern and central Victoria, Geelong, Melbourne and Gippsland.
Victorian chief health officer Rosemary Lester advised the elderly, children and those with existing heart or lung conditions to limit prolonged or heavy physical activity.
‘‘Where possible, this sector of the community should also limit the time spent outdoors,’’ Dr Lester said.
‘‘Anyone with a heart or lung condition should take their medication as prescribed by their doctor.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
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