Smoke shrouds Sydney’s skyline as wildfires burn nearby

Air quality and visibility was at hazardous levels across much of NSW today

Air quality and visibility was at hazardous levels across much of NSW today

Official data showed that air pollution had reached "dangerous, quot; levels in Sydney, with the highest PM 2.5 particle readings in the northwest of the city, reaching 186 parts per million in the air quality index, comparable to Delhi".

A dense layer of smoke covers Sydney on Tuesday morning.

The Gospers Mountain fire has burnt over 138,000 hectares and is threatening a number of properties in the area.

Fire crews have been fighting dozens of blazes like this one, which burned in Colo Heights, Australia, last week.

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Sydney's air quality hit 800 micrograms of the air pollutant PM2.5 - the safe level is between 34 to 66.

He said firefighters attempting to end the wildfires will continue to be challenged by high temperatures and wind conditions.

New South Wales state environmental health director Richard Broome said the fine particles in smoke could irritate people's respiratory system and aggravate existing lung and heart conditions.

Sydneysiders are urged to take health precautions amid poor air quality as residents woke to smoky, hazy conditions blanketing the city.

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More than 1,300 firefighters are working to combat the blazes, but rural fire service deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said Tuesday and Thursday will be "tough days" for the state.

Sydney was shrouded in unsafe haze Tuesday as smoke from bushfires blazing along Australia's eastern seaboard sent pollution levels soaring in the country's biggest city.

Australia, prone to forest fires, has experienced a disgusting start to its fire season, which scientists say is starting earlier and is becoming more extreme as climate change pushes higher temperatures and removes moisture from the environment.

"Western Sydney has been particularly heavily affected as a result of the proximity to the bushfire burning just north of Sydney", NSW Ambulance Superintendent Jordan Emery told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Air quality was hazardous in the Northern Tablelands and the northwest slopes on Tuesday and poor in the Hunter region, the Central Coast and Illawarra.

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