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Western Australia endures 20 straight Fire Weather Warning days, with no let up in sight

Sunday 22nd November 2020

In a stark contrast to Eastern Australia, Western Australia is in the middle of an unwanted hot streak, with today (Sunday the 22nd of November) the 20th consecutive day with severe fire danger or higher across the state.

During early Spring, a hot airmass steadily built up across Northern WA, with gusty easterly winds elevating fire dangers across the north. As frontal systems develop across the west, this hot air began to be dragged south across the Interior, Pilbara, Gascoyne and Eucla regions of WA.

Out of these 20 days, there has been 4 days with catastrophic conditions, and over half a dozen featuring extreme conditions with at least severe conditions on every day. Thankfully, this hasn?t translated to widespread destructive fires, as most regions are well away from populated locations with little to no vegetation to be burnt.

In mid-October, 15 consecutive fire weather warning days were issued for WA from the 7th to the 21st (inclusive). From October 1st to November 22nd, there have been 47 days with severe fire danger or higher out of a possible 53 days, with no let up in sight. This streak won?t end at 20, with severe fire danger to continue across the state over the coming days.

Image 1: Bureau of Meteorology fire danger ratings next 4 days.

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