A severe weather warning is in place for strong winds in the ACT, while NSW prepares for yet another high fire danger day across much of the state.
The same cold front which is lashing Canberra with wind is also dragging down very hot air from central Australia to parts of NSW, fuelling a bushfire in the Blue Mountains and prompting the NSW Rural Fire Service to put in place a total fire ban in six regions, including greater Sydney, the greater Hunter and the Illwarra/Shoalhaven area.
But temperatures are expected to drop on Thursday as the cold front itself hits and winds shift from a north-westerly direction to a south-westerly direction.
In the ACT, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned of damaging winds about 60km/h with peak gusts of 90km/h are forecast to develop.
“The winds as we speak are about 45km/h and the gusts are up to 60km/h,” the Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster said.
“Winds will be expected to increase early [Thursday], so this is where the warnings come into place for the damaging winds; we’ll see a gradual increase.”
The front, which is not expected to bring rain, is forecast to pass through on Thursday, with winds to then gradually ease off after it passes.
“You will probably see some frosts early Friday morning behind this change,” he said.
Wind speeds recorded at 1am at Thredbo Top Station reached speeds of 110km/h with a wind gust of 143km/h.
The temperature is forecast to dip into the negative with a low of minus 1 on Friday morning, but the day should then warm up to about 21 degrees.
The State Emergency Service advises that people should move vehicles under cover or away from trees, secure loose items around houses and yards and keep clear of fallen power lines.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.