Residents and emergency services are preparing for hot windy weather, which could result in bushfires, as the mercury climbs into the high-30s on the South Coast.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast top temperatures of 35 at Nowra, 33 at Ulladulla and 36 at Kiama on Tuesday.
The high temps, combined with winds of up to 50km/h have prompted the Rural Fire Service to issue a statewide total fire ban.
A hot and windy Tuesday with temperatures in the high 30s up to around 40C for large parts of #NSW.— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) February 11, 2019
Max temp 37C today for #Sydney and #Wollongong, 39C in #Newcastle.
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In the Shoalhaven region the fire danger has been lifted to ‘severe’. Residents are reminded that all fire permits are suspended during total fire bans and no fires may be lit in the open.
The hot weather follows an epic night of storm on Friday, February 8, which caused flash flooding and damage to shops and homes across the region.
The South Coast won’t feel any relief until late evening, with a cool change expected to hot later this evening.