Total fire bans have been declared in 10 South Australian districts as the state prepares for a day of high temperatures and potentially dangerous conditions.
Across the state, highs of 41C are expected at Coober Pedy and Port Augusta on Thursday, while Whyalla and Port Pirie should reach 39C, and significant dust is expected in some areas.
Total fire bans will apply for 24 hours from midnight on Wednesday for residents of the Northwest Pastoral, West Coast, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and Lower South East districts.
CFS state duty commander Yvette Dowling said the public should be mindful of the potentially dangerous conditions.
"For those areas of the state with total fire bans, we are asking the community to cease any risky activities, such as angle grinding," Ms Dowling said on Wednesday.
Farmers currently harvesting crops also should be aware of the Harvesting Code of Practice, including monitoring local weather conditions and stopping harvesting when conditions worsen, she said.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mika Peace said relief was in sight, with a cool change due to sweep through late on Thursday and temperatures to drop by about 20 degrees on Friday.
Australian Associated Press