Chloe, 10, and Phoebe Barnard, 6, of Devonport.It’s January 1 and a hotter than usual first three months of the year are predicted, in stark contrast to the unusual wet weather that caused record-breaking floods in the North-East and North-West last year.
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Today, it’s expected to reach 29 degrees in Launceston, 23 in Devonport, and 22 in Burnie with temperatures increasing across both regions tomorrow.

In a shocking couple of weeks for North-East and North-West Tasmania last January, heavy summer rain caused rivers and dams to burst their banks and severe flash flooding.

But there is a 60 to 80 per cent chance Northern and North-West Tasmania will exceed the maximum temperature this month and in February and March, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

That forecast has brought on warnings from the Tasmania Fire Service, which, with the state government, declared a fire permit period from last month.

”It is the right time to commence a permit period as there is a significant amount of vegetation build-up across the state that is ready to burn in bad fire weather conditions,” Police and Emergency Management Minister David O’Byrne said.

Although much of the state received average rainfalls last year, firefighters said there was now large quantities of fuel available to burn and warned people to “prepare now for bushfires this summer”.

”This fuel will dry quickly and will require significant and specialised ongoing firefighting resources to extinguish them,” chief officer Mike Brown said.

The warmer days between January and March this year are predicted for right across south-eastern Australia, while parts of central and southern Australia were more likely to have a drier season, the bureau said.

South-east Queensland, Western Australia and eastern New South Wales were more likely to have wetter seasons.

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