Rain on horizon

THE Snowy Valleys can expect temperatures in the 30s but lighter winds and possible rainfall in the next few days.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said that convection activity in the atmosphere may bring rainfall as early as tomorrow.

“The IOD (Indian Ocean Dipole) is in a neutral phase creating tropical moisture in the air,” he said.

Showers will be widespread and heavy in some places.

Temperature-wise, the hottest day of this week in the Tumut area is likely to be today, with a top of 37C expected. A top of 33C is forecast for Tumbarumba.

Winds will be light, below 10km/h and will be from the east north-east.

The Bureau says the temperature will drop slightly tomorrow, with a maximum of 35 to 36 for Tumut and 32 for Tumbarumba. Winds will come from the north east at 15km/h then change to north west and lighten to 7 to 10km/h.

On Thursday temperatures will reach 32 in Tumut and 28 in Tumbarumba and conditions will be calm with light variable winds.

On Friday, temperatures will rise slightly to a top of 33 in Tumut and 29 in Tumbarumba.

Winds will become easterly and reach speeds of 15 to 20km/h in Tumut and 10 to 15km/h in Tumbarumba.

Fire crews will consider back-burning if conditions allow.

“We might get a little shower on Wednesday and then we’ll consider back-burning on Thursday or Friday,” Rural Fire Service District Coordinator Peter Jones said.

“However, that is a lot of fire to put on the fire ground, so we don’t necessarily want to have to do it this close to getting on top of it.”

The place being considered for back-burning is in Kosciuszko National Park at the back of Goobarragandra, with the aim of protecting the Bondo State Forest.

He said preparation work had been done including the cutting of containment lines, with the help of ADF personnel.

Mr Jones said the fire was currently at the south of Stokes Hut, but that it hasn’t done much in the past couple of days.

It has been subject to runs by water bombing aircraft.

“If we get a weather window we will do some back-burning,” Mr Jones said.

He said fire crews had conducted back-burning in the Mount Garland area south of Tumbarumba to lock in an edge of the fire.

After a difficult night Friday, crews have spent the past couple of days consolidating control lines and blacking out, with the aim of ending days of significant fire runs.

The combined Dunns Road, East Ournie Creek and Green Valley fires cover an area of more than 600,000 hectares.