Saying that it’s been a bit smokey in Sydney today is probably one of the all-time great understatements. The smoke haze that has blanketed much of the New South Wales capital for a hot few days now has intensified to a remarkable degree today, with air pollutant levels sitting some 11 times above the level considered hazardous, and smoke so think in parts of the inner city that it actually managed to set off fire alarms in train stations and commercial buildings.

And while the general word from anyone attempting to mill about the city this afternoon is that it all looks a little bit apocalyptic, the photos from around the city this afternoon are something else entirely.

The unmistakable, iconic landmarks of Sydney virtually disappeared from everywhere but right up close as the smoke peaked in the mid-morning, with both the Opera House and Harbour Bridge even disappearing from view from as close as Circular Quay.

That blanket of smoke will loom large in the background of at least one couple’s happiest day, with a wedding clearly intended to take place in the shadow of the bridge taking place in the shadow of something else entirely instead.

The city virtually vanished in the thick cloud of smoke, one that has prompted scores of health warnings and doesn’t look like leaving Sydney anytime soon.

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Elsewhere, views that might otherwise have fetched a lazy million or three faded away, becoming less like prestige housing and more like property on the edge of the everlasting abyss.

The Photos From Today’s Sydney Smoke Haze Paint A Very Apocalyptic Picture

The Photos From Today’s Sydney Smoke Haze Paint A Very Apocalyptic Picture
Image: Ben Hale

Across social media, folks have been posting images and video from the insane scenes all afternoon, and it paints a fairly universal picture.

Hell of a day out there, mates. One hell of a day indeed.

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