Walking tracks closed in hot, dry Tasmania

Several Tasmanian walking tracks have been closed as the state braces for two days of extreme heat.
Several Tasmanian walking tracks have been closed as the state braces for two days of extreme heat.

Several popular walking tracks have been closed in Tasmania as authorities brace for two days of severe fire danger.

Trails at Freycinet National Park on the state's east coast are among the closures on Thursday and Friday in hot, dry and windy weather.

The summit of Hobart's Mt Wellington and surrounding park areas are also off limits.

"Although there is no current fire threat to these locations, under hot, dry and windy conditions fires can travel very fast so it is important for everyone to stay informed in case conditions change," the state's park authority said in a statement.

The fire danger will reach severe in the northeast, east coast, midlands and southeast on Thursday, with temperatures peaking in the mid-30s.

It is expected to get even hotter on Friday, with Hobart tipped to reach 38C.

A 48-hour fire ban in in place from 2am on Thursday for the east and south.

No fires can be lit in the open, including campfires, fire pots, incinerators and burn-offs.

Australian Associated Press