Sydney smoke: Air quality 'hazardous'
Thick smoke from bushfires has triggered a 'hazardous' air quality warning for Sydney as the haze blankets the city in a choking cloud. Almost 50 blazes are burning across NSW, and two of them have been upgraded to emergency warning status as conditions deteriorate.There are 12 total fire bans in place across the state.The NSW Environment Department warned air quality in Sydney was hazardous, and temperatures were forecast to reach the high 30s across much of the state.
THE persistent smoke haze is set to linger over Rocky a little longer, with several fires burning in the region. Acting regional manager for Rural Fire Service Queensland Craig Magick said there were 12 fires in Central Queensland with a number out west, some near Gladstone and the majority in the
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It will be a cool start to summer in Sydney with below-average temperatures on Sunday and Monday as a smoke haze lingers over the city.
Temperatures will reach tops of 25 degrees on Sunday and 23 degrees on Monday before warming up to the high 20s and low 30s during the week.
"It's the first day of summer but it's a bit cooler than what we've seen in the past," Abrar Shabren, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, said.
However, Mr Shabren said it is expected to be a warm summer, with little rainfall expected in the coming weeks.
Smoke from bushfires that continue to burn in north and south NSW is also expected to continue affecting air quality in Sydney and around the state.
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The smoke is due to hazard reduction burns carried out by the Rural Fire Service. Westerly winds continue to push smoke over Sydney as firefighters take advantage of still air and cool conditions to reduce the state's fuel load ahead of an expected dangerous fire season. The burns will result in more
Bushfire smoke contains gases including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides, which can cause damage to the body if inhaled. Authorities were on Sundey night concerned a wind shift arriving with the cool change would enhance the fire but crews were able to keep the blaze at bay.
There were 146 fires burning in NSW on Sunday morning, including 53 that were uncontained.
Six areas including the Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter and Illawarra regions were under a total fire ban on Sunday.
"Up until Wednesday it looks like there will be quite a bit of smoke around," Mr Shabren said.
"From tomorrow it will become quite windy and there will be a bit more smoke around metropolitan and greater Sydney."
Mr Shabren said dust will also affect air quality as winds pick up on Sunday and Monday.
"The dust might linger around and move to the coast as well, not so much in the city itself but in the south," Mr Shabren said.
He said there was also the possibility of storms in Sydney and in NSW's north-east on Sunday and Monday.
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The toxic air in Sydney, which has triggered a run on protective mask sales and spike in hospital visits, will worsen over the next 48 hours as weather conditions increase the bushfire risk to "severe" in some parts of NSW.The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted smoke will move in and build up above the Sydney metropolitan area this afternoon, following a brief respite this morning when Sydneysiders woke up to fresher air thanks to easterly winds set to switch direction after lunch.