Sydney landmarks shrouded in haze as dust storm sparks air quality warning
Sydney's sky is beginning to change colour as a thick line of dust stretching almost the entire length of NSW reaches the city.
Strong winds from a low pressure system has whipped up masses of dirt across the drought-stricken state, which is steadily heading to the coast.
A dust storm, which stretches about 500 kilometres across some parts of New South Wales in Australia, reduces visibility in Sydney on Thursday Nov 22, 2018. [Photo: AP]
A line of dust up more than 500km long can be seen from the Victorian border, through Canberra and up to Queensland.
"It's a huge system," Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Anita Pyne told AAP.
"We're expecting the dust to gradually increase over the next few hours, with the main band of dust to hit Sydney through the middle of the day or early afternoon. So the worst visibility is yet to occur."
It was not uncommon for inland parts of NSW to experience small-scale dust storms, but one this size was "unusual".
"It's unusual for dust events to happen on the coast because we're so much further away from that dust over the western NSW basin and we've got the Great Dividing Range in the way," she said.
It's expected the dust will keep sweeping east and may not clear the coast until Friday.
NSW Health is warning the dust will likely reduce air quality and has urged children, older people and those with respiratory conditions to take extra care.
Environmental health director Richard Broome said people should stay inside as much as possible with the air quality in Sydney already dropped to a poor level.