Sydney is set to bake in temperatures above 40C today. Picture: John Grainger
Sydney is set to bake in temperatures above 40C today. Picture: John Grainger

Sydney braces for 42C sparking total fire ban

SYDNEY has been placed on bushfire alert with temperatures to soar above 40 degrees in the city's west.

A high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is directing a hot air mass across Australia's southern and eastern states causing northerly and north-westerly winds ranging between 15 to 35km/h in Sydney- a contributing factor to the risk of fire spreading.

The NSW RFS has declared a total fire ban for the Greater Sydney and the Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions due to an incoming heatwave bringing with it soaring temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds.

 

The Bureau of Meteorology, meanwhile, has issued a fire weather warning for Sydney due to the extreme temperatures and "very hot, dry and gusty north-westerly winds".

Temperatures are set to soar to 42C in the city's west with Penrith expected to cop the brunt of the heatwave.

Liverpool, Richmond and Parramatta meanwhile are bracing for 41C while the city will be only a fraction cooler with a predicted top of 37C.

Bondi, however, may be the place to be today with a much lower top of 30C forecast.

Sydneysiders are being advised to protect themselves from heat and sun damage as well as minimise the already high risk of fire.

The RFS are advising people to be prepared and start planning with their families in the morning to be ready for anything.

The city will sizzle in 37C heat. Picture: John Grainger
The city will sizzle in 37C heat. Picture: John Grainger

Overheating residents are reminded to drink lots of water, keep the body cool, take care of the elderly and children and have a plan in case circumstances become dire.

A spokesperson from the Bureau of Meteorology said thunderstorms are forecast in the early evening but aren't expected to bring heavy rainfall.

The NSW Rural Fire Service is urging residents to "remain vigilant" and "keep up to date" on what is going on with the weather and warned that winds could reach speeds of up to 60km/h in some areas.

 

 

 

"The severe weather warning is due to a combination of the forecast, strong winds getting up as high as 60km through Nowra, Bowral and Blue Mountains," NSW RFS Inspector Ben Sheperd said.

At this stage the heat is expected to "back off" on coastal areas but the heat state-wide is likely to remain for well in to next week according to Shepherd.

"By next Wednesday it could reach up to 40 again. We want people to ensure they're prepared and have a plan."

 

HEATWAVE

Penrith - 42C

Richmond - 41C

Parramatta - 41C

Liverpool - 41C

Campbeltown - 40C

Sydney - 37C

Terrey Hills - 36C

Bondi - 30C



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