Sydney temperatures skyrocket, nearly break record

Violet Powell
January 9, 2018

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.

This was surpassed by another record set at the Old Richmond Station at 47.8°C.

But it later clarified that a previous record holder could be found, more than 80 years back in the history books.

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.

Australia heat wave
Spectators shelter from the sun at the Sydney Cricket 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.

If you were in Sydney yesterday and fearless enough to leave the cooler confines of your home, you would've noticed Sydney was a little hotter than usual... so hot, in fact, that we can confirm that it was the hottest place on earth.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage also warned of higher than normal ozone levels, issuing an Air Quality Forecast alert of poor.

Risky heat is roasting parts of Australia with temperatures that have not been seen in decades.

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