Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Feeling hot! Sydney hits record temperatures

Feeling hot! Sydney hits record temperatures

The temperature was just shy of the city's all-time high of 47.8 C (118F), set in 1939.

Inner Sydney didn't get quite as hot as the western suburbs.

An afternoon breeze helped cool the city a few degrees.

However, southerly winds providing some relief for the city and coastal regions won't penetrate too far west, with Penrith and Richmond still expected to reach 40C.

Power outages were reported throughout Sydney and north of the city on the Central Coast as the electricity grid struggled to cope with demand.

Temperatures in Sydney were expected to climb to 40C over the weekend with areas in the west likely to experience highs
Temperatures in Sydney were expected to climb to 40C over the weekend with areas in the west likely to experience highs into the mid-40s

Parts of this plan include a fire ban and an urge for citizens to stay hydrated and sheltered from the sweltering heat. Australia, unsurprisingly, proved to be the hottest continent in the world.

According to CBS News, the Police Deputy Commissioner of New South Wales (Catherine Burn) said the state activated its #heat wave plan in an attempt to combat the extreme and risky conditions.

"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. The heat caused the cameras of several photographers at the sporting event to malfunction.

The Australian and England cricket teams suffered temperatures in the 50s out on the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Between December 2016 and February 2017, more than 200 weather records were broken across Australia, showing how extreme the weather has been.

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