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SEVERE FIRE DANGER: Wild 70kmh winds rattle Coast

WINDS will begin gusting to 70kmh in strength later this morning and into early afternoon as fire services remain on high alert along with Sunshine Coast and Noosa council disaster management centres.

A spit of rain in Caloundra and Maroochydore about 8am will do nothing to ease the Bureau of Meteorology's severe fire warning nor the Queensland Rural Fire Services Wildfire Level Three status across South East Queensland triggering cancellation of all permits and a total ban on burning off.

Rural Fire Services regional director Gary Seaman said despite the day's strange start which produced brief light showers, the fire danger could not be understated.

Double crews were on standby to provide first response to any outbreak as were helicopter aerial water bombers.

"Paid staff, part paid staff and volunteers are all ready to respond," Mr Seaman said.

"We also have local contractors ready to assist with earth moving vehicles and water trucks. Not having to worry about people burning off is the big one."

He said a small blaze that broke out at Conondale Wednesday afternoon had been fully extinguished.

BOM forecaster Diana Eadie winds were expected to be between 35-45kmh over the day but would reach up to 70kmh late this morning and into the early afternoon.

Critically the dew point, an indication of the moisture content of the air would drop away to minus five or minus six.

"It's going to be really dry," Ms Eadie said.

"We have a severe fire warning across the south east coast districts which should ease tomorrow as winds speeds drop.

"But with the dryer westerlies (today) we will also see a decrease in humidity."

Crystal clear skies expected overnight into Friday will see temperatures on the coast plummet to eight degrees ahead of an expected maximum of just 23, four degrees below the 27.3 degrees reached in Maroochydore by 11am on Wednesday.

The eight degree minimum is also 6.9 degrees below this morning's minimum of 14.9 at 5.30am.

Ms Eadie said while the single-digit morning minimum temperatures would extend into Saturday, maximums would bounce back to 27 degrees, conditions which would extend into next week.

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