Last day of spring brings windy conditions


Source: SMH

Saturday offered limited reprieve for Sydneysiders with windy but mild conditions bringing to an end a month of wild weather.

On the first official day of summer we can expect warm, dry and windy conditions causing very high fire danger for much of the state.

Sydney battled smog for another day as thunderstorms were predicted for Saturday.

A severe weather warning was cancelled for the greater Sydney region on Saturday evening, with no lightning strikes recorded across the city all day.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning is in place for the northeastern corner of the state on Saturday evening, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting that large hailstones and heavy rainfall may fall.

A total fire ban will continue on Sunday in six fire areas, including Sydney, as firefighters continue to battle more than 170 blazes across the state.

Fire danger will be very high on Sunday for much of the state, and severe in the Greater Hunter region, where firefighters are continuing to battle an out-of-control fire in Singleton, and a bushfire in the Wollemi National Park that has burnt more than196,000 hectares.

"Those elevated fire conditions are because we've got stronger winds developing through these regions on Saturday, some strong westerly winds and also some quite dry conditions," said bureau meteorologist Elli Blandford.

"Along the coastal fringe it will be quite humid but elsewhere we can expect to be quite dry."

The first day of summer will bring fairly average temperatures for most of Sydney on Sunday, with tops of 25 degrees in the east and 32 in the west.

Smoke from the bushfires in the Wollemi National Park will likely affect Sydney again, as with north-westerly winds picking up, according to Felix Levesque, meteorologist at Weatherzone.

On Monday conditions will likely be cooler across the whole Sydney basin, with temperatures in the low 20s, thanks to a cold front that will come through on Sunday night.

Around 5465 homes and businesses on Sydney's north shore and in the northern beaches are still without power on Saturday evening after Tuesday's storms. Ausgrid has warned residents to prepare for outages "lasting well into the weekend."

NSW Police have opened the Public Information and Inquiry Centre for those affected by power outages in suburbs throughout Sydney’s north.

Volunteers are currently knocking on the doors of vulnerable people in these areas to check on their welfare.


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