Weekend high: Sydney almost sets heat record

Weekend high: Sydney almost sets heat record

The temperature in Sydney hit an nearly 80-year high of 47.3 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) on Sunday - a sharp contrast to the bitter cold that has gripped much of the U.S.

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

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The previous record was set in 1939, when Richmond station in the city's west topped out at 47.8C. A high of 43.4 degree Celsius was recorded at Observatory Hill. The winds are expected to move west, providing some relief to Penrith, Richmond and other suburbs to the west.

"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. Wildfires are common during southern Australia's arid, hot summers.

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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.

Cricket players participating in the Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground struggled through the stifling heat.

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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.

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