Fire authorities in the ACT are warning that conditions there could change quickly, with the prospect of a storm this afternoon creating uncertainty.
There’s a fire burning at the southern end of the territory.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency commissioner, Georgeina Whelan, has been speaking to reporters about the storm. News agency AAP is reporting the comments.
Perfect storm conditions for us would be rain and no thunder and no wind in the gap of land that has not been burnt between our southern borders.
However, this cannot be guaranteed. Our community needs to be prepared for the impact this storm may have on our southern and western suburbs.
ACT remains in a state of emergency that will remain until at least Monday. The chief minister, Andrew Barr, told reporters there had been no loss of life or property thanks to the efforts of government agencies and the ADF. Some property had been lost across the border into NSW at Bumbalong.
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NSW Health warns of dust and smoke
More on the warning from NSW Health about air quality in parts of the state.
There are two issues going on at the same time – smoke from the bushfires, and dust being whipped up from inland storms and blowing east.
Eastern parts of Sydney, the Illawarra, and possibly the Central Coast and Newcastle could all be impacted.
NSW Health medical advisor Dr Adi Vyas says people should minimise their exposure.
“People with chronic respiratory and cardiovascular conditions should avoid outdoor physical activity and those with asthma should also follow their Asthma Action Plan and carry their reliever medication with them.”
“Minimising physical activity, staying indoors and knowing your treatment plan are important ways to reduce the risk of dust and smoke-related illness.”
The conditions could aggravate existing heart and lung conditions. The air could also cause eye irritation and coughing.
Anyone with conditions including asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema and heart disease should be extra careful.
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Guardian Australia’s photographer Mike Bowers and reporter Christopher Knaus had a dramatic day yesterday.
Along with other journalists, Mike and Chris were cut off by fire on Claire and Laurence Cowie’s property 100km from Canberra.
Here’s their account as the drama unfolded and how the Cowies kept the beer on ice.
Here’s the video from Mike’s camera as the flames moved in.
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There’s going to be thunderstorms for many parts of NSW, including Sydney, starting this afternoon and going into the evening.
Storms inland could also pick up dust and drag that across towards Sydney. Combined with the smoke from bushfires, it’s already having an impact on air quality.
It’s going to be hot and smoky in the west, with Penrith forecast to reach 41C.
Overnight temperatures in Canberra have been remarkable, with some preliminary data suggesting the parts of the city had a record-breaking warm evening.
Good morning to all and welcome to our live coverage of the bushfire crisis.
The awful weather conditions in the ACT yesterday are forecast to be only slightly better today.
The 55,000 hectare Orroral Valley fire south of Canberra is still out of control, but conditions on firegrounds have also eased. Authorities are asking people in the Apollo Road, Boboyan Road, Naas Road and Top Naas Road areas to “remain vigilant”.
The ACT’s total fire ban remains in place for Sunday across the ACT.
Health authorities in NSW are warning that smoke from fires as well as dust is going to cause air quality problems around the state, including Sydney.
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