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Friday heat prompts fire bans in eastern NSW

Ben Domensino, Thursday November 1, 2018 - 21:58 AEDT

Total fire bans have been declared in Sydney and other areas of eastern NSW on Friday, with temperatures set to soar across the state.

Hot and blustery northwesterly winds developing ahead of a low pressure trough will push temperature into the high thirties in the states east and above 40 in the west on Friday.

These conditions are likely to cause very high fire danger ratings across most of the state, with severe fire danger expected in the Illawarra. Total fire bans have been declared for the Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney, Illawarra and Southern Ranges Fire Areas.

Friday's heat comes after NSW registered its first 40 degree day of the season on Thursday, with Wilcannia reaching 40.0 degrees and Smithville climbing to 40.7 degrees in the afternoon.

Sydney is forecast to reach 37 degrees on Friday, with some western suburbs likely to hit 38 degrees. This is an abrupt change for the city after a relatively mild October. Last month was Sydney’s cloudiest October in more than 40 years based on average daily sunshine hours, and its first cooler-than-average month in six years based on maximum temperatures. It was also the city's wettest October in nine years.

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