A total fire ban will be in place across much of NSW on Thursday, November 21, amid severe bush fire danger conditions.
The ban begins at midnight on Wednesday, November 20. No fires may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Temperatures from the Shoalhaven to the Far South Coast are predicted to reach between 33 and 37 degrees, with strong northerly winds also forecast.
The ban covers the following regions:
- Illawarra/Shoalhaven (Severe) - Kiama, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, Wingecarribee, Wollondilly, Wollongong
- Far South Coast (Very High) - Bega Valley, Eurobodalla
- Monaro Alpine (Severe) - Snowy Monaro
- Southern Ranges (Severe) - Goulburn Mulwaree, Upper Lachlan, Yass Valley, Queanbeyan-Palerang
- Central Ranges (Severe) - Bathurst, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western, Oberon, Orange
- Northern Slopes (Very High) - Gunnedah, Gwydir, Inverell, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth
- North Western (Severe) - Moree Plains, Narrabri, Walgett, Warrumbungle
- Southern Slopes (Severe) - Cootamundra-Gundagai, Hilltops, Snowy Valleys
- Eastern Riverina (Very High) - Albury, Coolamon, Greater Hume, Junee, Lockhart, Wagga Wagga
- Southern Riverina (Severe) - Berrigan, Edward River, Federation, Murray River, Southern parts of Murrumbidgee
- Northern Riverina (Severe) - Carrathool, Griffith, Hay, Leeton, Narrandera, Northern parts of Murrumbidgee
- South Western (Severe) - Balranald, Wentworth
The Rural Fire Service encourages people to ensure their home is well-prepared and maintained.
"Well-maintained homes that are actively defended may provide safety during a fire," an RFS spokesperson said.
The Bureau of Meteorology has also warned that smoke haze is likely to affect coastal areas.
They also encouraged residents to remain vigilant, listen to their radio, and follow their Bush Fire Plan in the event of a fire.