A fire appliance outside Kawana Shoppingworld.
A fire appliance outside Kawana Shoppingworld.

Bushfires expected to destroy 50 homes

AT LEAST 50 homes were expected to be destroyed by bushfires burning in Western Australia's Perth Hills where one man had died and hundreds more were in danger on Monday night.

The hottest day in Perth in more than 100 years - the mercury reached 43.3 in the city on Saturday - fulled the fires which burned through more than 650ha of land near Mt Helena and Stoneville.

A 62-year-old man lost his life and by Monday morning more than 44 homes had been destroyed.

A watch and act warning remained in place for the Mundaring Shire on Monday night but the Department of Fire and Emergency Services confirmed cooler weather was helping them bring the blazes under control.

South Australia was expected to cop the heat wave next, with above-40 tempatures predicted for Adelaide on Monday afternoon and Tuesday.

More extreme weather was expected to hit Melbourne by Tuesday night and Sydney and the NSW south-west on Wednesday and Thursday.


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