Suffocating smoke is BACK: Choking smog from raging bushfires is expected to blanket Sydney – and it’s not leaving any time soon

01 February 2020

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AUSTRALIA – The hazy days of Sydney being smothered in smoke could be about to return.

A poor air quality alert has been forecast for the harbour city to be blanketed in smoke on Sunday as raging bushfires in the nation’s capital and south-eastern New South Wales continue to burn out of control.

‘Areas of smoke haze developing during the day. Dust haze possible in the afternoon and evening,’ a forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology forecast stated.

The hazy conditions will be the result of a southerly change after parts of western Sydney sweltered in 45C plus temperatures on Saturday.

Choking smog from raging ACT bushfires expected to blanket Sydney

Sydney is expected to be blanketed in a smoky haze on Sunday

‘There’s a possibly the southerly change will carry the smoke from active fires up the coast to have some impact on Sydney,’ BOM senior forecaster Rosemary Barr told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Another southerly change forecast for Monday could also bring another burst of haze from the fires and stick around for the early parts of the week. ‘

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has issued a health warning that Sunday’s poor air quality will be ‘unhealthy for sensitive people, and could cause symptoms, especially in people with heart or lung disease.’

To lower the risk of being affected by bushfire smoke, people are advised to reduce or avoid vigorous outdoor activity, keep doors and windows shut to keep the smoke out, spend time in air-conditioned venues like cinemas, libraries and shopping centres and to avoid indoor sources of air pollution.

Authorities have issued a warning about the poor air  quality forecast for Sunday

Sydney is expected to reach a top of 32 on Sunday with afternoon thunderstorm activity likely.

As the city’s CBD reached a high of 34.8C on Saturday, the heat was more unbearble out west as Richmond reached 46.8C, followed closely by Penrith with 46.4C.

Of the 12 major fires burning across NSW on Saturday night, three were at emergency levels in the Bega Valley region.

The Clear Range fire in Snowy Monaro region is also at emergency levels and closed the Monaro Highway.

In the ACT, the Orroral Valley fire has been downgraded to a watch and act level after it flared to emergency levels for a second consecutive day on Saturday.

Smoke from the ACT fires are forecast to blanket Sydney in a smoky haze on Sunday

‘Fire activity has eased across the fire ground. Conditions can still change and get worse,’ the latest ACT Emergency Services Agency alert read.

A state of emergency has been declared for the nation’s capital for the first time since the deadly 2003 bushfires, which claimed four lives and destroyed almost 500 homes.

Canberra sweltered through its hottest back-to-back days since records began after reached 41.9C on Friday followed by a scorching 42.7C on Saturday, according to Weatherzone.

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