Sydney Heatwave Could Spark Fires, Blackouts
Soaring temperatures, a potentially catastrophic fire danger and possible blackouts across the state - NSW is set to swelter through a scorching heatwave in coming days.
With temperatures tipped to rise to highs of 48C, the Rural Fire Service expects total fires bans and extreme or severe fire danger warnings will be in place across most of the state.
Sydney's CBD is expected to record 38C on Friday while 44C is forecast for western Sydney.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is forecasting a record demand for power between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
Electricity demand could also jump by 50 per cent in western Sydney, according to Endeavour Energy, which will place emergency crews on stand-by in case of network faults.
Energy Minister Don Harwin has encouraged sweaty residents to save energy by turning the air con up to 26C, adjusting fridge temperatures, switching off unused electrical appliances and turning off lights where it's safe to do so.
"The NSW government is doing everything we can to ensure a power outage is avoided but we encourage the community to reduce their energy use where possible," Mr Harwin said.
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has urged residents in bushfire-prone areas to have evacuation plans in place and to keep track of the organisation's website or the Fire Near Me app for updates.
"If the forecast eventuates we're likely to see catastrophic fire danger develop in some areas including the Hunter," he said.
The weather bureau is predicting 39C in the city and 45C in the west on Saturday with lower maximums likely on Sunday.
NSW Health has advised people to stay hydrated, limit physical activity, avoid alcohol and sugary drinks and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.
Relief will be in sight for some parts of the state on Sunday morning with a predicted cool change.
Parts of the coast and greater Sydney are tipped to cool down to the mid-20s on Monday and Tuesday.
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