Authorities are warning more hot weather in Tasmania could
rekindle the danger level of bushfires that have ravaged the
southeast of the state.
The island state won't see a repeat of the record
temperatures of last Friday when fires on the Tasman
Peninsula, in the Derwent Valley and on the east coast
claimed more than 100 properties.
But above average temperatures are expected with Hobart
forecast to reach 29C today and Launceston 30.
Temperatures will stay high until Wednesday and are also
expected to be above average again in the days following.
"While we hopefully will not experience those
once-in-a-generation, horrific, catastrophic weather
conditions that we faced on Friday, there isn't a decent rain
ahead of us," emergency services minister David O'Byrne said.
"There are still some weather conditions later this week
where the temperatures will rise again ... which will mean
not only the existing fires but other bushfire prone areas of
Tasmania will be under threat."
Fire chiefs say they can't predict when the massive blazes in
the state will be brought under control.
Meanwhile, police will continue their property-by-property
search for bodies today.
Acting Commissioner Scott Tilyard says around 100 people are
unaccounted for but many may have failed to register with
Around 400 more evacuees were due to be ferried by boat from
the Tasman Peninsula on Sunday night, while police were
investigating whether it was safe to escort cars out on the
closed Arthur Highway.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will visit the state today.