Warm northwesterly winds are pushing the temperatures up across NSW making snow but a distant memory.
Sydney's western suburbs will reach a top in the low thirties this Tuesday afternoon. The warm winds transporting the heat from the interior will have a tussle with the easterly sea breeze. This will keep the eastern suburbs mild for a good part of the day.
Elsewhere in New South Wales temperatures are set to soar into the mid-to-high thirties in the state's far west. In the northwest corner of the state, residents of Tibooburra can expect a top of 35 degrees only six days after the mercury failed to reach 17 degrees.
Today's northerly winds are expected to increase in the afternoon. A warning for damaging wind was issued on Tuesday morning for the Snowy Mountains. Wind gusts of 96km/h were recorded at the mountain station of Bombala around lunchtime.
Although on Wednesday a cool change will move across the state the heat won't go far. Cloud-free skies over the country's interior continue to heat the air mass which is ready to be transported to the coast.
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13:26 EDT It will be a hot and stormy Christmas across the north and east, whilst in the south conditions will be generally mild and dry.