There’s bizarre weather conditions in NSW today, with parts of the state bracing for damaging winds and possible blizzards, while another part faces total fire bans with scorching temperatures.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a fire weather warning on Wednesday, alerting residents in northern and eastern NSW to the conditions.
“A broad front will move through central and southeastern districts of New South Wales today. Hot, dry and gusty west/northwesterly winds are expected ahead of the front, leading to elevated fire danger,” the weather bureau said.
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The Greater Sydney Region, Greater Hunter, North Coast and North Western regions have been declared as having a ‘severe fire danger’.
As of 8.30am, there were 70 fires burning in NSW, with temperatures expected to rise to 32 degrees throughout the day.
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) September 12, 2017
Meanwhile, a severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for people in the Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands and South West Slopes Forecast Districts.
The bureau said damaging winds, averaging 55 to 65 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible in the southern and central ranges today, while dangerous winds averaging 80 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 110 km/h are possible for areas above 1900 metres.
“Blizzards are possible,” BOM warned.
Locations which may be affected include Bowral, Braidwood, Orange, Bathurst, Katoomba, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma, Yass, Bombala, Nimmitabel and Khancoban.