Bushfires Cause Thick Smoke To Cover Sydney
Sydney has been shrouded in a thick, heavy smoke haze this morning.
Bushfires burning around New South Wales have caused the smoke to drift down to Australia's largest capital city and blanket it.
It's the second time in three days that Sydney has been essentially blinded by the smoke.
There's a warning issued for people with asthma or breathing difficulties after at least 60 people were treated by paramedics on Tuesday.
Dr Richard Broome from NSW Health told the ABC that kids shouldn't go outside today.
"They're often more active particularly outdoors so they're more likely to inhale the smoke in large quantities," he said.
"It's important that if you do have children [to] just try and keep them indoors or discourage them from exercising too much outside."
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NSW Health says people should avoid vigorous exercise, especially if you have asthma or a lung condition. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask designed to filter fine particles. Use a mask rated either P1 or P2. These are available from hardware stores.
P2 masks are more effective in blocking the finest particles, however any mask has to be worn correctly over the nose and mouth to protect you.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jordan Notara told the Sydney Morning Herald the smoke will be around the city for most of the day.
"We may see again some coastal areas clear slightly but we aren't expecting a significant change in the wind direction that would suggest a clear shift in this smoke throughout the day," he said.
Incredibly, this week Sydney had the worst air quality in the world.
Earlier this week, the World's Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index listed Sydney at 2,234, which was 20 times worse than regular top of the list cities like Jakarta and Beijing.
Thankfully the Index states the smoke
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