Illawarra Newsroom

ILLAWARRA: extreme heat and smoke conditions forecast

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With the Bureau of Metrology (BoM) issuing advice about increased heat and smoke conditions forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday 10 December 2019), Sydneysiders are being warned to take all necessary precautions.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low 40’s in Greater Sydney, with a return of the thick smoke conditions experienced in Sydney last week. A change in the afternoon is expected to bring erratic windy conditions, which may adversely affect the areas already impacted by bushfires.

For the Illawarra temps will reach into the mid 30's with cloudy and hazy conditions.

Police are urging residents and visitors, particularly those located in western Sydney, to keep informed on the conditions and look after their health.

State Emergency Operations Controller, NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys, is reminding the public not to take unnecessary risks.

“I cannot stress strongly enough to motorists how dangerous it can be for children or pets to be left unattended in a vehicle. Not only is it dangerous, it can be deadly.

“It can be just as hazardous to leave the elderly and vulnerable members of the community in cars during days of extreme heat.

“I ask members of the community to be vigilant – if you see pets, children or vulnerable people trapped in a car, or another crime being committed, call Triple Zero immediately,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

Deputy Commissioner Worboys added that another concern is local waterways.

“Anyone swimming in unfamiliar waterways is urged to take extra care. Special attention should be taken when swimming in rivers and dams where submerged items may pose elevated and/or unexpected risks.

“We are urging people to take extra care, especially when swimming; whether at the beach, pools or in rivers and parents are reminded that children should always be supervised,” Deputy Commissioner Worboys said.

Whilst everyone needs to take care in hot weather, some people are at higher risk of heat illness, especially if they are older, live alone or are socially-isolated.

It is advised where possible, people should spend some time in air-conditioned buildings. This can also help reduce exposure to smoke, as can keeping windows shut. For more information please refer to the Beat the Heat website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/beattheheat/pages/default.aspx

The Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is urging people to check fire conditions and have a plan in the event they are threatened by fire. Check the NSW RFS website or the Fires Near Me NSW app and listen to local radio for updates. For information directly related to fire activity please contact the Bush Fire Information Line on 1800 679 737.

With almost the entire State forecast for High, Very High and Severe fire ratings, a total fire ban has been issued for many areas including Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Monaro Alpine, Southern Ranges, Central Ranges, North Western, Southern Slopes and Eastern Riverina. Visit the Rural Fire Service website (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au) for bushfire preparedness advice and current conditions/warnings.

For updated weather forecasts and warnings visit www.bom.gov.au