It's warm, it's dry and very windy - a combination that has firefighters on alert across the state of New South Wales.
The Rural Fire Service has issued total fire bans in 11 parts of the state, with the Bureau of Meteorology releasing a severe weather warning for damaging winds across much of NSW. When you couple up all those things - warm, dry and windy - that's bad fire weather.
North-westerly winds blowing between 60km/h and 100km/h are ahead of a cold front that will cross the state later today.
The temperature is expected to hit the mid- to high-20s (C) across most parts of NSW today. RFS spokesman Brendan Doyle said the total fire ban, which prohibits open fires and suspends any fire permits, will be in place until midnight.