Sydney swelters through hottest day since 1939

It seems like the heat bar continues to rise with each passing summer Down Under. Heatwaves certainly appear to be becoming longer lasting but interestingly, the long standing Sydney and Australia heat benchmark holds to this day.

However back last Sunday 8 January, the ongoing Southeast heat wave of 2018 set a new level by producing a temperature of 47.3C (116F). A reading not seen in Sydney since 1939 which still holds the record but only just at 47.8C.

On Sunday Sydney was indeed the hottest place on earth.

It’s been a heat wave which has triggered dozens of brushfires, melted highways and killed hundreds of birds.


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