Temperatures reach 79-year high as Sydney residents flock to the beaches

Aaron Brown
January 8, 2018

At first, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology thought it was the hottest day in Sydney's history, but later found a 47.8-degree day in 1939.

The scorching temperatures are part of the summer in the southern hemisphere, which experiences winter while the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere has its summer.

The Australian city of Sydney has experienced its hottest weather in 79 years with temperatures in the region hitting as high as 47.3C (117F). "No, but it would not surprise if some stations go close".

Sydney Water is encouraging residents to keep well hydrated throughout the day. You need to take care.

The suburb of Penrith, west of the city, bore the brunt of the heat, according to the Bureau of Meteorology for New South Wales.

"We've seen over the past month, fires that we've had haven't necessarily been burning on days of severe or above-fire-danger rating. the fuel is dry out there, the fuel's dry all around NSW".

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By Sunday evening local time (early Sunday morning ET) the fire service tweeted that there were 20 fires across the state, with four yet to be contained.

The fire bans in place in the greater Sydney area on Sunday were imposed to reduce the risk of wildfires, which are common during Australia's arid summers.

"Meantime with the arch rivalry between the Australian and English cricket teams being played-out in the Ashes Test Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) meteorologists advised fans to "#slipslopslapseekslide".

The extreme heat forced a stop in play at the Sydney International tennis tournament after the mercury reached 40C at 10am.

116 degrees Farenheit measures 47.3 Celsius.

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