Sydney Air Pollution having at record levels

Sydney air pollution has hit the worst levels the city has seen since recording began. The warming climate is being blamed for the unhealthy air surrounding Australia’s largest city.

That’s because smog from massive bushfires, which are more intense than ever before thanks to the changing climate and drought.

Smoke from these dies across NSW has been lingering for days, with Thursday the worst day of the week so far.

The pollution has also mixed with small dust particles blowing in from the Australian interior.
Top soils exposed because of land clearing, dry conditions and poor land management.

Added in is pollution from industry and the millions of cars on our roads, to create a terrible cocktail of smog.

Recordings this week showed Sydney experiencing worse air pollution than Beijing.

Unhealthy air quality across greater Sydney

Health authorities are warning people to stay indoors and keep outdoor activities, like excessive physical activity to a minimum.

People with respiratory conditions and poor heart health also need to consider staying out of the Sydney air pollution.

Sydney Dust Storms

Dust is playing a huge part in the deteriorating conditions. A Sydney dust storm was forecast yesterday. The severe drought across regional Australia has led to lose topsoil that blows to the coast and beyond.

“The impacts of the severe and ongoing drought have led to the highest levels of dust recorded in NSW since our rural air quality monitoring networks began during the millennium drought,” the NSW health department said.

Sydney bushfire smog

“Smoke from the current bushfire emergency is having widespread impacts across northern NSW, the North Coast, Northern Tablelands and into the Hunter and Sydney regions,” the NSW Department of Heath said.

The thick smog from bushfires to the north of Sydney and in regions to the East is Sydney has ensured the city is consistently been covered in smog.

Weather forecast Sydney


“The smoke in greater Sydney has been driven by bushfires in the north, with changes in wind direction over the past few days pushing it further down south from the actual fire ground,” a BOM NSW spokesperson said.

“The thickness will change as we go through the course of the day as easterly winds push the smoke over the inner and west of sydney…where conditions will be the worst.”

Sydney Water Restrictions

Meanwhile, Sydney will need to find ways to conserve water as annual rainfall plummets.

More than 85% of Sydney’s water is supplied by captured rainfall. Because of the current drought, dam levels have reached the lowest levels seen since the millennium drought.

Under the new Level 2 water restrictions:

  • gardens can only be watered before 10am or after 4pm with a watering can or bucket
  • smart and drip irrigation systems may only be used for 15 minutes before 10am or after 4pm
  • the use of unattended hoses is no longer permitted
  • hosing of hard surfaces is not permitted, unless in an emergency
  • cars can only be washed with a bucket or at a commercial car wash
  • a permit is required before filling a pool of any size.

How Climate Change is responsible for Sydney’s record air quality index 😷

Posted by Sydney News on Thursday, November 21, 2019

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