Sydney Smoke Haze Not Expected To Clear Until Wednesday
Sydneysiders looking for a breath of fresh air from the reduction burning haze will have to wait until Wednesday before smoke clears.
What you need to know
- Fire reduction burns over the weekend have caused a thick blanket of smoke to fall over Sydney
- NSW Health have warned people suffering asthma and other respiratory conditions to limit their time outdoors
- Fire services say the haze should begin to clear around Sydney with showers and winds predicted to begin on Tuesday afternoon.
Sydneysiders woke up to yet another blanket of haze on Tuesday morning as hazard reduction fires continue to burn around parts of the city's northern and southern suburbs.
The poor air quality has sparked warnings from NSW Health, who are urging people with asthma and other respiratory conditions to limit their time outdoors, avoid vigorous exercise and stay in air-conditioned premises.
The smoke is expected to begin clearing on Tuesday afternoon with the arrival of southerly winds and showers, but the New South Wales Rural Fire Service warned residual smoke may be visible for several more days in some areas.
Air quality has been reduced across the state, with index levels on Tuesday morning rated hazardous in Sydney's north-west and very poor in the city's east and south-east, according to the office of Environment & Heritage.
By 2:30pm on Tuesday paramedics had responded to 53 patients with asthma and breathing difficulties, in 47 suburbs across the Sydney Metropolitan region.
New South Wales Ambulance Inspector Giles Buchannan said almost a third of those cases were related to young children.
"Our advice at this stage is if you can stay inside and out of the haze covering Sydney you are best to do so,” Buchanan said.
"These cases stretch from Bondi Beach to Blackheath, and from Wahroonga right down to St Helens Park."
“Symptoms can occur for several days after smoke is inhaled, so people with the chronic respiratory conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs,” Director of Environmental Health Dr Ben Scalley said.
Scalley warned smoke particles can cause itchy or burning eyes, throat irritation, runny nose and illnesses such as bronchitis.
“Smoke may aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause irritated eyes, as well as aggravate existing lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma."
Sydneysiders took to social media on Tuesday to vent their frustration at another day of poor air quality and visibility in Sydney with some questioning the effects of continued hazard reduction smoke on residents.
Firefighters used the favourable conditions over the weekend to conduct hazard reduction burns across the state
"These burns will benefit hundreds of homes at risk of fire," Fire and Rescue said on Saturday.