Fire bans in place in as temperatures could rival Australia’s hottest spring day

Total fire bans remain in place in the far western district of New South Wales and eastern and south-eastern Queensland, with hot, dry conditions causing grass and bushfires throughout the states.

Forecasters say the heatwave could rival the record for Australia’s hottest spring day. The mercury in Birdsville, western Queensland, is forecast to peak at 43C, just shy of Australia’s spring record of 43.1C set in Roebuck, outside Broome in Western Australia, in 2003, also on 27 September. Brisbane could experience a record for the city on Thursday.

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