Sydney and Brisbane air quality plummets

Source: ABC website

The Sydney CBD is barely visible from much of the city as a thick smoke haze from the bushfires chokes large parts of NSW, with health experts warning those with medical conditions to stay inside.

Key points:

  • Sydneysiders woke to a thick blanket of smoke on Tuesday morning
  • It is from a bushfires at Gospers Mountain, north-west of Sydney
  • The Rural Fire Service is on high alert today, amid hot, dry conditions

The Department of Environment said the smoke had pushed air quality beyond "hazardous" levels in Sydney's north-west, the northern tablelands and the north-west slopes.

The smoke is spreading from the Gospers Mountain fire, which has burnt more than 120,000 hectares north-west of Sydney and remains an out-of-control fire.

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Meanwhile...

South-east Queensland has again been shrouded by smoke from the bushfires, raising air pollution levels.

State government data shows the air quality in Southport, South Brisbane and Woolloongabba is "very poor".

It is ranked as "poor" in nine other locations, including the Brisbane CBD, Rocklea and Springwood.

According to a global index of air pollution, that puts the current air quality in Southport on par with that in Beijing and worse than in Mumbai.

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