A total fire ban has been issued for Sydney as we prepare for a heatwave to hit today.

It’s expected to reach a sweltering 36C in the city while the west will hit 37C.

The fire ban is likely to last all weekend but a decision on this will be officially made at some point this afternoon.

During a total fire ban, you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open, or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

NSW Police have also issued a warning for people in NSW to look after their health as the hot weather hits the state.

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They say that unusually hot weather may see record temperatures set in Sydney and with this in mind, people in NSW should remember the four key messages to keep healthy in the heat:

1. Drink plenty of water (limit hot, sugary, or alcoholic beverages)

2. Keep cool (stay in the air conditioning, if possible)

3. Take care of others (visit or contact those at risk of heat-related illness)

4. Have a plan (know who to contact if you need assistance and seek medical advice if you feel unwell).

For more information about staying safe in the hot weather, you can visit NSW Health’s ‘Beat the Heat’ website here.

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Pet and livestock owners are being told to make sure their animals have plenty of clean water and shade where possible. The RSPCA has further advice about looking after animals in the heat here.

Motorists are also being warned that it is never okay to leave children, elderly or pets unattended in a car as not only can this be dangerous, but it can be deadly.

Stay cool out there!