Sydney experienced its hottest day in two years, reaching 42.4 degrees in Penrith and 43.3 degrees at Sydney Airport yesterday.
Increased danger saw 73 fires burning across New South Wales, 30 of them, uncontained. The NSW Rural Fire Service has confirmed homes were lost to blazes in the south coast towns of Moruya and Bermagui.
Sydney experienced flash thunderstorm bringing heavy rain, hail and 30,000 lightning strikes over the city in the space of just a few hours in the early morning today.
The weather is getting unpredictable and there is no confirmation of what’s going to happen next.
Bushfire has also affected in tourism sector heavily. The Australian Tourism Industry Council says it has been the “worst summer on record” for tourism in Australia.
Experts claim over $2 billion have been wiped from the tourism economy with fears it could cost the industry as much as $6.5 billion.
Early on Friday, a Poor Air Quality Forecast alert was issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) due to elevated particle levels in Sydney.