Sydney set to swelter as temps hit 45C

Families cool off in Parramatta as the mercury reaches into the 40s on Sydney's hottest ever day

The temperature in Sydney hit an nearly 80-year high of 47.3 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) on Sunday - a sharp contrast to the bitter cold that has gripped much of the U.S.

New South Wales Ambulance tweeted that its staffers were also on alert at beaches in the harborside city amid the rising temperatures.

The greater Sydney area was given a severe fire danger rating, local media reported, while much of the rest of the state was issued with a very high rating.

The sweltering temperatures reached in Penrith were confirmed by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Top tennis players were called off the courts Sunday at the Sydney International, a warm-up tournament for the Australian Open Grand Slam after thermometers recorded temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius.

France's Kristina Mladenovic apologised after she retired midway through her match against Australia's Ellen Perez due to the heat.




Weather stations near the Sydney Cricket Ground were recording maximum temperatures of 43.4-43.7 degree Celsius Sunday. 3 courtside photographers' cameras shut down, takes 55 degree temps to do that.

Temperatures were expected to remain in the high 30s to early 40s Celsius Monday and the fire ban would be continued, it said.

In September 2017, Australians were warned to prepare for a risky bushfire season after one of the driest winters on record.

Several blazes had already been recorded on Saturday, and a number of properties were destroyed in the states of Victoria and South Australia.

Experts have also warned that climate change had pushed up land and sea temperatures, leading to more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons.

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