Dangerous smoke haze hangs over the city of Sydney as the New South Wales fire danger risk is raised from ‘very high’ to ‘severe’. Sydney air quality is 11 times the hazardous level due to the ongoing bushfires.
The haze from bushfires obscures the sun setting above the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: John Mair/Reuters
People are seen wearing face masks to protect from smoke haze as they cross a busy city street in Sydney, Australia. Smoke haze continues to hang over the city as more than 50 bushfires continue to burn across New South Wales. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images
The top of Sydney Tower can be hardly seen owing to heavy smoke haze. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images
A seagull perches on a sign as a ferry can be seen through smoke haze from bushfires, in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Stephen Coates/Reuters
Haze from the ongoing bushfires covers the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Photograph: John Mair/Reuters
The sun sets behind St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. Most of NSW remains under severe or very high fire danger warnings as more than 50 fires continue to burn across the state. Six people have died and 577 homes have been lost since the start of the NSW bushfire season, with more than 420 homes destroyed in the past month alone. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images