Record heatwave scorches Sydney

Ivan Schwartz
January 8, 2018

SYDNEY'S record was officially broken when the mercury hit 47.3 degrees in Penrith on Sunday afternoon, making it the hottest day in the city's 158 years of recorded history. The winds are expected to move west, providing some relief to Penrith, Richmond and other suburbs to the west.

Emergency services are bracing for what is predicted to be one of the hottest days of the year as a risky "blast furnace" moves across Australia.

Temperatures are gradually expected to ease over the next few days.

Parts of Sydney are forecast to reach 40 deg C today, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

New South Wales Ambulance tweeted that its staffers were also on alert at beaches in the harborside city amid the rising temperatures.

Temperatures are forecast to hit 40degC in Sydney's CBD.

Temperatures across Australia soared to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit due to a brutal heatwave across the country. A high of 43.4 degree Celsius was recorded at Observatory Hill.

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"We are seeing that troff moving away this morning and we will get a little bit of a reprieve with temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius tomorrow", he said.

Total fire bans are in place for Sydney and the Hunter region.

On Saturday, bush fires broke out in Victoria and South Australia, including a fire that burned several structures on the outskirts of Melbourne.

New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia bore the brunt of the heatwave yesterday with extreme conditions in Melbourne sparking a large bushfire. The NSW Rural Fire Service said the fire danger rating in both areas was "severe".

It took more than 300 firefighters to contain the blaze in Carrum Downs on Saturday, with 50 fire appliances in attendance.

The heat was strong enough to melt the bitumen on a 10km stretch of freeway in Victoria, national broadcaster ABC News reported on Saturday.

"We know over the next two or three days we're going to experience severe to extreme heat conditions throughout NSW", she said before reminding people it was an offence to leave children or pets in vehicles.

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