Thunderstorms, Strong Winds To Hit As Smoke Haze Fades
Sydney and much of eastern NSW can expect more thunderstorms following a rainfall over the weekend which brought more than 60 millimetres in some areas of the state.
Thunderstorms are expected to hit parts of Sydney on Monday afternoon which will bring showers and strong winds to the city.
Severe thunderstorms and heavy rains are predicted in NSW's northeast Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) Meteorologist Bimal KC told 10 daily.
"We are expecting thunderstorm activity this afternoon, but not too much rainfall. There will be localised rainfall, but not something that will cover the whole state," he said.
Monday's predicted storm activity followed thunderstorms that landed across NSW on Sunday. A whopping 66.2 millimetres was recorded in Bourke, in northern NSW.
In NSW's mid-north, Girilambone recorded 42.2mm, while in the Riverina Griffith recorded 30.8mm.
In Sydney through to the Central Coast and the Hunter region, a combination of a wind change and rainfall are forecast to have a "very strong mitigating effect" on smoke caused by fires around the state, the BoM said.
Smoke was still present across areas of north-east NSW closer to fire activity on Sunday afternoon.
The wind change, showers and some thunderstorms expected on Monday and Tuesday will mitigate the smoky conditions.
NSW RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd told AAP the showers "will give us a little bit of reprieve from the fire dangers we've seen over the last few days".
The agency would have a clearer idea on Monday "about what got what and then where our risks are".
By Sunday afternoon there were still around 70 fires burning across NSW, at least half of which were uncontained.
The far North Coast, North Coast, greater Hunter, Monaro alpine, New England, Northern Slopes and north western regions have been given a high fire danger rating for Monday.
The Department of Environment has given Sydney an air quality forecast of "good" for Monday after it reached "poor" earlier in the week.
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