Sydney swelters in hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C

by Abel Hampton January 8, 2018, 1:35
Sydney swelters in hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C

Record high temperatures in Australia have sparked bush fires across three states in the south east, burning several homes and other buildings to the ground.

New South Wales state Bureau of Meteorology said it had initially believed the heat to be an all-time record, topping one from February 2017, where temperatures edged 47C.

The city of Sydney recorded its hottest day on Sunday with the mercury hitting 47.3 degrees Celsius after nearly 80 years, according to Australian weather authorities.

Sunday's temperatures just fell short of the scorching heat to hit the area in 1939, when the mercury reached 47.8°C.

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. They warned tourists to take extra care if swimming and issued a reminder that it was an offense to leave children or pets unattended in a vehicles - actions that could be deadly in the heat.

In Penrith, west of Sydney, residents sweltered as the town bore the brunt of the heat on Sunday.

Total fire bans are in place for Sydney and the Hunter region.

Australian and English cricketers slogging through the final Ashes match in Sydney may have also experienced the hottest day on record for a Test match in Australia.

The greater Sydney area was given a severe fire danger rating. The "seek" refers to shade and "slide" to to wearing sunglasses.

People have flocked to the beach and tennis players been forced off court on Sydney's hottest day for 79 years.

116 degrees Farenheit measures 47.3 Celsius.

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