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

Gladys Abbott
January 8, 2018

Sydney just had its second-hottest day on record, with temperatures in the western suburb of Penrith reaching 47.3 degrees Celsius at 3pm this afternoon.

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

That may also give some respite to areas further west, although the suburbs are expected to remain hot for the rest of the day.

So, while brutally cold temperatures hit the USA, emergency services in Sydney prepared residents on the other side of the equator for dangers of a different sort.

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

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

South Australia is expected to be "substantially cooler" than yesterday, with temperatures expected to peak around 28 degrees. A high of 43.4 degree Celsius was recorded at Observatory Hill. Temperatures peaked at 42C on Saturday, before cooler air pegged the heat back to a more comfortable 21 degrees on Sunday. The day will be partly cloudy, and the city is tipped to hit a high of just 22 degrees today.

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Canberra will be hot and sunny today with a high of 39 degrees.

There's a total fire ban in place for the Greater Sydney and Hunter regions, as much of Australia's east struggles through the record heatwave.

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

Meanwhile, bushfires have broken out in parts of Victoria.

In Melbourne, a team of 300 firefighters, 50 trucks and three helicopters worked furiously to save homes in Carrum Downs from a bushfire which has now been brought under control. The NSW Rural Fire Service said the fire danger rating in both areas was "severe".

The police of Victoria state warned drivers that a six-mile freeway was melting.

"We expect to see at least one or two more of these extreme days of heat through the summer period", he said.

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