Sydney smoke : Air quality in the greater Sydney region is again at hazardous levels, as bushfires continue to burn.

Southerly winds have been pushing smoke from fires in the south of New South Wales and Victoria north to Sydney.

Nearly 6 million people live in the greater Sydney region.

A layer of cool air mixed in with bushfire smoke it making things difficult.

The presence of heavy cloud cover was also contributing to the severity of the haze, a BOM spokesperson said.

“It’s a mix of water vapour in with the smoke… With this layer of cloud trapping it, that’s why it’s looking really bad.”

“Anyone with breathing difficulties should seek medical advice. Shortness of breath has potential to escalate very quickly and have potentially devastating impacts.”

Air quality index showed high particle pollution in Sydney and Canberra and many major regional areas.

A man in his 40s died today as the result of a asthma attack and cardiac arrest. NSW authorities blamed the incident on the smoke.

Sydney forecast

Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of light showers. Areas of smoke haze. Winds southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the late evening. A POOR Air Quality Forecast alert is issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) due to elevated particle levels in Sydney for Sunday 12 January 2020.

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 12 [Extreme]

Monday 13 January

Summary

Min 20Max 25Mostly cloudy.Possible rainfall: 0 to 0.4 mmChance of any rain: 30% 

Sydney area

Cloudy. Areas of smoke haze. Slight (30%) chance of a light shower in the morning and early afternoon. Light winds becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h in the early afternoon. A POOR Air Quality Forecast alert is issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) due to elevated particle levels in Sydney for Monday 13 January 2020.

Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing and swimming.

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