WEATHER REPORT: 19 November 2009 – Bureau of Meterology forecaster Ellie Spark this morning predicted one of, if not the hottest Novembers on record.

”I’ll be surprised if we don’t break a number of November records over the next couple of days and it will definitely be one of, if not the hottest November ever,” Ms Spark said.

Her assesment comes as temperatures are predicted to reach the high 30s across Sydney’s west today and tomorrow, while the state’s interior bakes under the hottest temperatures in seven years. The hot spell is expected to last the rest of the month and Bourke could see a 46C day. A total fire ban has been issued west of the Great Dividing Range with an “extreme” fire danger warning.

Elsewhere, South Australia and parts of south-east Queensland have received the new “catastrophic” fire-danger alert.

Bureau of Meteorology Warning for South Australia:

Thursday, 19 November 2009 is forecast to be very hot and dry for all of South Australia. Fresh to strong north to northwest winds over the west of the state, will shift fresh southwesterly with a change reaching Ceduna mid afternoon and a line Tarcoola to Adelaide around midnight.

Catastrophic Fire Danger [100+] is forecast for the West Coast, Eastern Eyre Peninsula and Lower Eyre Peninsula Total Fire Ban districts.

Extreme Fire Danger [75-99] is forecast for the Northwest Pastoral and Flinders Total Fire Ban districts.

Severe Fire Danger [50-74] is forecast for the Mid North Total Fire Ban district.

The Country Fire Service advises that fires burning under these conditions are likely to be fast moving, unpredictable and uncontrollable. You should action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.

Total Fire Bans
As a consequence of the forecast fire danger, the Country Fire Service has imposed a Total Fire Ban in all the Total Fire Ban districts listed above.

UPDATE – CFS advisies a serious bushfire now burning out of control and heading towards the town of Curramulka on the Yorke Peninsula.