Wind gusts across the Granite Belt should decrease today.
Wind gusts across the Granite Belt should decrease today. Matthew Purcell

Wind speeds down but fire rating remains 'very high'

THINGS will start to ease today after the area copped winds of up to 50km/h yesterday.

Strong gusts across the Granite Belt made life hard for fireys on the front line, as they worked to contain fires in Applethorpe, Pozieres and Ballandean.

Harry Clark from the Bureau of Meteorology said the fire danger rating will remain 'very high' today, but to expect softened winds.

"The main thing for everyone there is the winds will start easing today. Yesterday was obviously really gusty,” Mr Clark said.

"Today there will be lighter southerly winds reaching 15-25km/h today. Tomorrow up to 15-20km/h.

"Winds will be decreasing and even lighter again on Thursday.”

Some pockets of the Granite Belt dropped to near freezing temperatures overnight, with Applethorpe down to 1.8 degrees.

"There might have been forsts around isolated spots this morning. Was generally pretty close to freezing across most of the area.

"Looks like it'll be similar again tonight and tomorrow. Maximum temperatures could get to around the 20 degree mark.”

The fire danger rating will drop to 'high' tomorrow and Thursday according to Mr Clark.

By Friday temperatures could go up again, as well as wind speeds.

"Nothing as windy as we saw yesterday but it will be creeping up.

"There's nil chance of rain fall unfortunately. Not even a drib or drab here and there.”