Heatwave grips NSW as Sydney swelters through hottest pair of days in 60 years
Sydney is likely to sweat through its hottest-ever pair of days in 60 years, as the state bears the brunt of Australia’s most severe heatwave of the season.
In the CBD, the thermostat was sitting at 39.6C at 1.50pm, while suburbs including Sydney Olympic Park, Penrith and Canterbury have already cracked 40C.
“We’re fully expecting it to get 40 degrees or very close to that today,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Jane Golding said earlier.
Sydney’s maximum temperature was revised up from the 36C predicted yesterday due to a pool of warm air reaching the coast.
“The sea breeze won’t reach the city today so it will be just as hot in the city as it is in western Sydney,” Ms Golding said.
The thermostat is expected to climb past 39C again tomorrow – a feat that has never been achieved outside of January in 162 years of records.
It is even possible that both days could crack 40C, something that has only happened once before – on January 26 and 27 in 1960.
Nighttime will bring minimal relief, with overnight lows expected to stay above 24C before climbing back up early tomorrow.
Sydney’s springtime record hot minimum was set on November 14, 1967 with a temperature of 24.8C.
Tonight’s low could very well challenge that record, according to Weatherzone.
Relief from the heat won’t reach Sydney until late on Sunday in the form of a southerly buster roaring up the coast.
It will likely bring a rapid temperature drop of more than 15C in the space of an hour.
Conditions are even more intense in regional NSW, with temperatures expected to reach up to 45C in some locations.
There are concerns the blistering heat combined with windy conditions in the Riverina and parts of the West Plains districts could create a perfect storm for fires to spread.
One out of control blaze has already burned through 800 hectares of land in the Riverina region of Berrigan, closing the Riverina Highway between Retreat Hall Road and to the west of Finley.
The blaze is buring near Martins Rd in the Myrtle Park area, approximately 15 kilometres west of Finley.
Damaging winds of up to 90km/h are expected in Alpine areas over 1900m above sea level, with gusts up to 120km/h.
Lower lying areas will see winds of up to 70km/h with gusts up to 90km/h.