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The Bureau of Meteorology has released a warning for severe fire danger

PHOTO: Pictured: Sydneysiders flocked to Manly Beach on Saturday as the Harbour City grappled with a heatwave, with hot conditions also expected this week

Australia will swelter through its first day of summer on Tuesday with temperatures expected to soar past 40C on the east coast – as a bushfire continues to rage on Queensland‘s Fraser Island.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued an extreme heatwave warning for eastern Australia, with severe fire danger forecast on Tuesday.

Southern Queensland, inland New South Wales and northern Victoria are at risk, the bureau said.

Temperatures are expected to be 18C above average, with records to be broken in Queensland.

‘Temperatures will soar into the mid to high 40s,’ BoM meteorologist Dean Narramore said.

Australia will swelter through its first day of summer, with temperatures expected to soar past 40C on the east coast. Pictured: Map of Australia shows heat forecast for 1pm on Tuesday

Australia will swelter through its first days of summer, with temperatures expected to soar past 40C on the east coast. Pictured: Map of Australia 

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