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Catastrophic bushfire warnings in place for Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, Illawarra and Shoalhaven
Photo: The Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney, and Illawarra and Shoalhaven areas all have catastrophic fire warnings for Tuesday. (ABC News)
Around 6 million residents across eastern New South Wales are bracing for catastrophic bushfire conditions today, with strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures expected.
Catastrophic fire danger warnings are in place across Greater Sydney, Greater Hunter, and the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region and around 600 schools and TAFE campuses are closed.
It is the first time the Greater Sydney area has experienced such a threat since the catastrophic rating was introduced in 2009.
Across the danger areas, the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures in the high 30s, with gusting winds up to 65 kilometres per hour in some parts.
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) warned people in catastrophic danger areas to leave if their homes were not extremely well prepared.