Thousands of homes and businesses without power amid high temperatures and winds

Thousands of homes and businesses around New South Wales have been struck with power outages amid rising temperatures and strong winds in the state.

Endeavour Energy crews are being deployed to the hardest hit areas around the South Coast, Southern Highlands, and Illawarra regions.

Around 51,000 homes and businesses have been affected, with thousands around the Blue Mountains and Greater Western Sydney area also being impacted.

Some will remain without power overnight.