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10/12/2019 1:22 PM AEDT | Updated 10/12/2019 7:00 PM AEDT

Sydney Smoke: Here Are The Eeriest Images Of Australia’s Biggest City Disappearing In Bushfire Haze

Ferries suspended, ash on beaches and disappearing landmarks: Sydney shrouded in thickest smoke yet.

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A seagull perches on a sign as a ferry can be seen through smoke haze from bushfires, in Sydney, Australia, December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Coates

Sydney again woke to another blanket of smoke on Tuesday, the thicket yet since the start of the bushfire season. 

The haze settled across the CBD, the harbour and inner city prompting warnings from health experts to avoid unnecessary exposure. 

NSW is now gasping under the worst levels of air pollution ever recorded with air quality index (AQI) reaching as high as 11 times hazardous levels, the ABC reports. 

Famous Sydney landmarks have disappeared under the dense haze, fire alarms have been activated across the city and ferry services have been suspended until further notice.

The #SydneySmoke hashtag trended on Twitter on Tuesday, with many people calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to address the “climate emergency.”

“I can’t believe I am breathing this,” wrote one user. 

“Fire alarms are going off all around the city,” posted another.  

Swimmers have shared images of ash washed up on Balmoral Beach on Sydney’s North Shore. 

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Ash from bushfires that affected New South Wales in the last days is seen on Balmoral Beach in Sydney, Australia, December 7, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. IMOGEN BRENNAN/via REUTERS
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Ash from bushfires that affected New South Wales in the last days is seen in the water on Balmoral Beach in Sydney, Australia, December 7, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. IMOGEN BRENNAN/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
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A swimmer holds ash from bushfires that affected New South Wales in the last days on Balmoral Beach in Sydney, Australia, December 7, 2019, in this still image obtained from a social media video. IMOGEN BRENNAN/via REUTERS

Here are some of the alarming images from Sydney on Tuesday: 

Firefighters across the east coast were bracing for a fresh wave of fires as temperatures across NSW were expected to soar.

More than 100 fires are ablaze in NSW and Victoria, many of which have been burning for several weeks - including a single blaze that stretches more than 60 km in a national park north of Sydney.

Conditions were set to worsen on Tuesday as temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius and winds are expected to start picking up, stoking fears that fires could spread to more populated areas

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 10: Smoke haze is seen over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on December 10, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Smoke haze hangs over the city as the New South Wales fire danger risk is raised from 'very high' to 'severe'. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images)
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Thick smoke from wildfires shroud the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Hot dry conditions have brought an early start to the fire season. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)