The hot westerlies would turn more southwesterly later as conditions cooled off.
Winds are expected to be even worse in areas around Canberra. They are expecting average winds of 80km/h to 100km/h with peak gusts or more than 120km/h in Thredbo Tops, Braidwood, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, and Adaminaby on Tuesday afternoon. Thredbo recorded an average wind of 94km/h gusting to 124km/h at 9.30am.
The State Emergency Service advises:
- Moving vehicles under cover or away from trees
- Securing or putting away loose items around your house, yard and balcony
- Staying at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences and reporting all fallen power lines to the relevant electricity company
- For emergency help call 132 500
There is a total fire ban in the ACT on Tuesday, with the forecast fire danger rating at severe. This ranks alongside the worst conditions seen this summer.
A hot air mass is moving across NSW and the ACT on Tuesday ahead of the passage of a cold front, which is expected to bring relief by Wednesday.
A spokesperson for ACT’s fire services said the customary fire ban restrictions would be in place on Tuesday, and additional fire crews would be stood up as a precaution. All four of the ACT’s remote fire towers would be crewed from 10am.
During the total fire ban, people are prohibited from:
- Lighting, maintaining or using a fire in the open air
- Using fireworks in the open air
- Doing a high risk activity such as welding, grinding, soldering and gas cutting
- Using slashers and harvesting machinery in rural areas