NSW firefighters are facing a tough day, with temperatures
expected to climb, humidity predicted to drop and a warm, dry
wind change to come through.
Crews have been battling large fires in the Blue Mountains
since Thursday, trying to save homes in area where almost 200
properties have been destroyed and another 109 damaged.
A hospital at Springwood was also evacuated yesterday ahead
of the expected worsening in conditions, with the
temperatures in the low to mid 30s expected for parts of NSW
It's predicted to reach 34 degrees in the Hunter, a Bureau of
Meteorology spokesman told AAP.
Fortunately, it will be about five degrees cooler in the Blue
Mountains where two emergency warnings were issued on
Saturday after large fires flared up.
Late on Saturday the Rural Fire Service had four watch and
act alerts in place for fires at Springwood, Lithgow and Mt
Victoria, as well as Balmoral in the Southern Highlands.
Winds should blow in from the coast at about 35 km/h from
11am (AEDT) on Sunday, but a warm, dry northwesterly is
predicted to come through.
"The good news is those northwesterlys are not expected to be
strong," the BoM spokesman said.
Humidity will drop from 20 per cent on Saturday down to about
15 per cent on Sunday.
"It's not much difference, but it will make a big difference
in regards to firefighting," the BoM spokesman said.
"Every five per cent (drop) makes it harder for them."
Better firefighting weather is predicted to come through
later in the week as light showers could develop along the
NSW coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.