Sydney Smog

Sydney Smoke Haze: The Harbour City covered in thick bushfire smog

5 million Sydneysiders are being impacted by poor air quality as bushfires flare up across New South Wales.

A thick Sydney smoke haze is enveloping the city, with people told to stay indoors.

The NSW government health agency is telling people to avoid physical outdoor activity wherever possible and to stay inside, especially those with heart and respiratory conditions, such as asthma. 

A look at the air pollution levels over NSW and the forecast conditions:

Here’s a look at sunset on Monday night in Sydney.

The smog is so thick, many aircraft are landing without much visibility at airports, as passengers on fights across NSW watch in awe.

Sydney Air Quality Forecast

Sydney air quality is forecast to be poor on Tuesday.

Sydney air quality for Tuesday 12 November 2019 is forecast to be POOR due to  PARTICLES 

NSW Government HEALTH MESSAGE: Unhealthy for sensitive people, and could cause symptoms, especially in people with heart or lung disease.


You can see live readings of the Sydney air quality index live online.

Smog from the NSW bushfires are so severe, it has travelled thousands of kilometres east to New Zealand.

Photos from towns across the ditch showed plumes of smoke over vast regions of the country, with the sun obscured by haze.

Smoky air

Bush fires can result in a large amount of smoke particles in the air, even great distances from the fires. The best way to avoid breathing in the smoke is to remain inside with the windows and doors closed, preferably in an air-conditioned building. ‘P1’ or ‘P2’ face masks can be purchased at chemists and hardware stores and may reduce exposure to particles in the air.

Signs and symptoms of smoke irritation

  • itchy/burning eyes
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • headaches
  • irritated sinuses
  • throat irritation
  • cough

If you are having trouble breathing, go to an emergency department or ring triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

Smoke pollution can affect people for many days after it is inhaled. People with existing lung conditions, such as asthma, may experience an exacerbation of their symptoms and should prepared to activate their Asthma (or COPD) Action Plan.

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Posted by Sydney News on Monday, November 11, 2019