Sydney records highest temperature in eight decades

10 January, 2018, 02:06 | Author: Diane Mills
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Crowds cool off in water at Yarra Bay in Sydney Australia on Sunday amid a heat wave

For those in Penrith, the heat did not ease at sunset, with temperatures recorded above 30 degrees at around 7.30 pm and humidity as high as 91 percent overnight.

Temperatures soared in Penrith yesterday to a record-breaking 47.3 degrees.

It is forecast to reach 33 degrees Celsius in Sydney city, and 40C in western suburbs. A high of 43.4 degree Celsius was recorded at Observatory Hill.

"The total fire bans are again in force today for the Greater Sydney environment which includes the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast, but also the Greater Hunter region which is effectively from Newcastle up through the Hunter to places like Scone and Muswellbrook", he said.

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"One of the common things we see people do is throw cigarette butts down", said Rob Rogers, deputy commissioner of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

Professionals at an worldwide tennis tournament in Sydney were forced off the courts after temperatures crested 40 degrees Celsius at 10 o'clock in the morning.

On Monday morning, the sporting world was rocked by the news that the captain of England's Cricket team had to be rushed to hospital after battling severe dehydration during the fourth day of the final test match against Australia in Sydney. 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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