Sydney and northern NSW to swelter through another day of above-40C heat

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New South Wales has sweltered through the night amid the state’s first heatwave of the season, with no respite to arrive until the end of Sunday.

Parts of Sydney – including the CBD – broke the 40C barrier on Saturday while swathes of western NSW, South Australia and northern Victoria baked through even higher temperatures approaching 45C.

While temperatures were set to cool in South Australia and Victoria on Sunday, NSW’s eastern and north-eastern regions were forecast to sweat through another day.

Central Sydney was likely to hit 40C as north-westerly winds held back the sea breeze, while Penrith was expected to reach 42C.

People gather at Clovelly Beach in Sydney on Saturday.
People gather at Clovelly Beach in Sydney on Saturday. Photograph: Brook Mitchell/Getty Images

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