Severe bushfires burned through parts of Western Australia on Sunday, with other areas of the state handling the aftermath of a strong cyclone, while the country’s East Coast was facing potential life-threatening flash flooding.
After months of destructive wildfires that have razed many hectares of land, Australia has been hit in recent weeks by wild weather that has alternately brought heavy downpours, hail storms, gusty winds and hot and dry air.
About a dozen fires were burning in Western Australia (WA) on Sunday, with severe fire danger expected in several districts, consistent with fire services and therefore the state’s Bureau of Meteorology.
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New South Wales saw some areas drenched by the heaviest rainfall in almost 20 years by Saturday, with severe weather and flash flood warnings.
“Very hot over the Eucla (in WA) with a fresh and gusty southerly change extending from the west during the morning and afternoon,” the Bureau of Meteorology said on its website.
Daytime temperatures within the Eucla district were forecast at up to 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).
The state’s upper parts were battling on Sunday the aftermath of a tropical cyclone Damien that made a landfall on Saturday afternoon, bringing gusty winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour (124 miles per hour).
No immediate damages were reported and therefore the cyclone was expected to weaken because it moved inland, but winds were seen to blow at quite 100 kilometres per hour.
On the other coast of Australia, Sydney and therefore the state of latest South Wales were in peril of potential life-threatening flash flooding as rain kept bucketing down for a 3rd day during a row in downpours not seen since 1998.
Rainfall in some parts of the state approached half the annual average, but the falls were welcomed after the state saw its driest year on record in 2019, at 55% below average.
The state’s Bureau of Meteorology said there was potential for heavy “rainfall and life-threatening flash-flooding,” and coast erosion, although little danger of river flooding as water levels are low thanks to a persistent drought.
In Queensland, meteorologists also warned of flash and riverine flooding on Sunday, following heavy falls overnight.