Friday’s forecast – Partly cloudy, possible smoke haze, light winds becoming northerly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then tending northeasterly 25 to 40 km/h in the early afternoon. A top of 34 for Gosford, 33 in Newcastle and 30 in Sydney where a Poor Air Quality alert has been issued by the DPIE due to forecast elevated ozone levels. There is a total fire ban in force for the Greater Sydney and Central Coast areas with a very high fire danger rating right along the NSW coast. Work to open the new Motorway Link Ramp will begin Friday night with the final operational design in place by 5am on Saturday. The design can be viewed by clicking the more information link.