SATURDAY SCORCHER: Temperatures surpass 40 degrees across NSW
Parts of Sydney have broken the 40-degree barrier and swathes of western NSW are baking through even higher temperatures as the state experiences its opening summer heatwave.
In the first stint of elevated temperatures since the catastrophic 2019-20 bushfire season, parts of inland NSW are set this weekend to hit 45C.
Most of Sydney – including the CBD – will also push 40C on Saturday and Sunday as strong northwesterly winds hold back the sea breeze.
Bureau of Meteorology Manager Jade Golding said records for warmest overnight minimums in some parts of NSW likely tumbled on Friday night, while daytime records could also fall this weekend.
NSW and Sydney will swelter until at least late on Sunday afternoon, when a gusty southerly comes through and cools temperatures for Monday.