Extremely hot, dry westerly winds kicked in hard today whipping up more dust, while flaring up the bushfire situation to extreme.

Clear skies dominate the nation, with the only cloud cover sitting over the south-east as the cold front sweeps in.

More wind is on the way this evening as the strong cold front sweeps in across the region.

Temperatures will remain high ahead of the change which will deliver a significant temperature drop overnight, with little to no rain is expected.

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