Published on Feb 10, 2017
A monster heatwave is gripping Australia and if you’re expecting quick relief tomorrow, sadly you’re in for a rude and sweaty shock.
Temperatures today soared to 44.5C in Penrith and other parts of Sydney’s west and as high as 46.9C at Ivanhoe Airport, in lower western NSW.
The Bureau of Meteorology has reported the hottest February day on record at Sydney Airport today. It has broken the previous record of 42.6C, set on February 21, 1980.
Parts of Australia are facing “catastrophic” fire conditions over the weekend as a heatwave sweeps across the country and threatens power outages in NSW and South Australia.
NSW, Queensland and Victoria expect extremely hot conditions on Saturday and Sunday with the mercury to climb well beyond 40C in many locations. The heat is expected to continue throughout the weekend before things cool off early next week.
A state-wide fire ban has been declared for NSW with catastrophic conditions expected on Sunday in the state’s central west, across the tablelands to the Hunter region and out to the coast.
The Hunter region will cop the brunt of the extreme heat with Singleton and Cessnock topping the predicted temperatures with 46C on Saturday and 43C on Sunday.
Western Sydney reached 44C on Friday with the city forecast for a cooler 38C. The western Riverina town of Hay reached 47C.