Cool start to summer as smoke haze lingers
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.
More than 50 bushfires are still burning across NSW . Most of the state ’s east coast was under severe or very high fire danger ratings, with more than 50 bushfires Parts of the state under severe fire danger on Tuesday included Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Southern
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Fierce bushfires continue to encroach on homes in NSW, as thick smoke blankets Sydney again for the fourth day in a row.
At least one home has been engulfed by the Three Mile fire in the Wisemans Ferry area on Sydney's northern outskirts, with other buildings under immediate threat.
Firefighters are battling the Three Mile blaze on the north side of the Hawkesbury which continues to intensify.
Smoke from the blaze, which is burning across more than 5,800 hectares is billowing across the city. It is currently rated at watch and act level by the NSW Rural Fire Service.
Elsewhere, a bushfire burning for weeks at Gospers Mountain has jumped back to emergency level, with a nearby blaze at Three Mile now upgraded to Watch and Act.
More to come.
Bushfires have already destroyed 724 homes and burnt out 2.7 million hectares - and summer's only just started .
The fire danger remains elevated across large chunks of NSW despite a southerly wind change that brought temperatures down as it swept up the coast. The Rural Fire Service, meanwhile, has confirmed more than 720 homes have been destroyed over the fire season.'Unfortunately, the number of homes destroyed in this fire season continues to rise - now 724 homes confirmed lost (and) 2.7 million hectares burnt,' RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said on Twitter on Wednesday.© SAEED KHAN/AFP Firefighters hard at work.