Why Sydneysiders woke to discover their cars caked in dust just a day after huge storm left layer of dirt over Melbourne
- Sydneysiders have awoken to a disturbing layer of thick dirt after a dust storm
- A heavy blanket of red-tinged dust could be seen on parked cars across the city
Sydneysiders have woken to a city caked in dirt and grime, just 24 hours after a similar red dust storm settled over Melbourne and outback NSW.
Shocking pictures show cars covered in the thick film of dust on Friday morning, after residents suffered blistering temperatures overnight.
The mercury hit 43C in areas of Sydney, with the CBD sweltering at 41C.
An unusual weather phenomenon, it is caused by dust storms which build up during hot days before carrying dirt downwards when a cooler front moves in.
Sydneysiders have woken to a city caked in dirt and grime (pictured) with dust layered on cars
A heavy layer of red-tinged dust (pictured) could be seen on top of cars across Sydney on Friday morning
The Bureau of Metereology released a poor air quality warning for Friday, saying there were high pollution particle levels in the city.
It also warned of dust haze, smoke haze and a 70 per cent chance of rain – as well as a thunderstorm in the morning.
The dust is likely to blow around the city when a southeasterly 30km/h wind arrives in the early afternoon.
Sydney has been hit by a filthy dust storm overnight (pictured) with cars and streets blanketed in dirt
On Thursday, hundreds of homes in Melbourne woke to find their swimming pools muddied and their cars covered in dirt after filthy rain fell on the city overnight.
A dust storm had collected in Victoria’s north-west during the day on Wednesday before a cold front carried it over the state capital.
The grimy rain drops discoloured the water so badly at the Harold Holt Swim Centre and Prahran Aquatic Centre in the city’s inner-east they were both forced to close.
Those on their way to work in the Melbourne CBD were also met by the Yarra River turned a dark shade of brown.
More to follow.
Cars were seen covered in the filthy layer of dust on Friday morning in Sydney (pictured)
Those on their way to work in the Melbourne CBD on Thursday morning (pictured) were met by the Yarra River turned a dark shade of brown after dirty rain fell on the city