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SA to get a heatwave for Christmas

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016

Mother Nature is giving South Australia a heatwave for Christmas.

The scorching weather will start on Friday when the mercury is predicted to peak at 36C in Adelaide, followed by a sunny 37C on Christmas Eve and 40C on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

If the forecast is right, Sunday and Monday will be the first days to reach 40C in the SA capital this year and it will be the hottest Christmas Day since 1945.

The sweltering conditions will continue on Tuesday with 37C but by then it won't be dry heat, with rain predicted to fall at the end of the hot spell.

Showers are likely on Boxing Day and and thunderstorms possible the day after but the Bureau of Meteorology says the change may not be relieving.

"There's going to be high humidity coming down and in some ways that could be much worse," BOM's SA director Jon Nairn told reporters on Thursday.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are likely to carry the highest bushfire risk and authorities will announce any fire bans on Friday afternoon.

Emergency Services Minister Peter Malinauskas said South Australians must look out for each other, particularly those who are vulnerable.

He said people should be prepared for bushfires on Christmas Day.

The state government will do all it can to keep the lights on for the occasion, with the number of businesses closed for Christmas likely to lower the chance of blackouts.

"The government is doing everything we can to make sure that the security of the electricity supply in South Australia is maintained," he said.

ADELAIDE'S CHRISTMAS HEATWAVE:

* 37C on Friday December 23

* 37C on Saturday December 24

* 40C on Sunday December 25

* 40C on Monday December 26

* 37C on Tuesday December 27

(Source: The Bureau of Meteorology)

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