The impact of the smoke, which also affects the cities of Wollongong and Newcastle, is expected to worsen due to the intense heat expected in the next two days on the east coast of Australia, making conditions hard for the more than 1,300 firefighters who have been fighting the flames for nearly two weeks. The measurement of fine air particles in suburbs around Rouse Hill and Richmond is more than 190 - safe air quality is anything below 66.
Areas across the city and state are affected, with Sydney's northwest and southwest, as well as the Central Coast, Illawarra, Lower Hunter and Upper Hunter regions all experiencing "poor" air quality and visibility. Sydney's east, the Northern Tablelands and Northwest Slopes are "very poor".
Sydney was shrouded in risky haze Tuesday as smoke from bushfires blazing along Australia's eastern seaboard sent pollution levels soaring in the country's biggest city.
A southerly of between 30 and 50 km/h is predicted to arrive in Sydney at around 5pm on Tuesday afternoon which could help improve the air quality across the Sydney basin.
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Here are some health precautions you should take in the meantime. Drinking plenty of fluids, taking cool showers to keep your temperature down, soaking your feet in water and draping a wet cloth around your neck are also recommended.
News reports said authorities issued an air-quality advisory for the Sydney area as smoke from the Gospers Mountain fire was blown down onto the city. So far this bushfire season, 530 homes have been destroyed - with 421 of those just in the past ten days. Hot, dry conditions, with very little rain, are forecast for the rest of the week, so unsafe bushfire conditions are expected to continue. As of this morning there are 48 fires burning across the state, with 23 uncontained. You can also donate to the NSW RFS here.
Most of NSW's east coast is under severe or very high fire danger as the state heads into the first of two "tough days" for the week with temperatures likely to rise into the 40s and little-to-no rainfall forecast.
"The effects have been exacerbated by the large number of wildfires still burning across NSW with smoke drifting over nearby towns and cities", the spokesperson said.