Sydney swelters in hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C


Even as much of the United States remains in a deep freeze, temperatures on the other side of the world are reaching near-record highs.

The city of Sydney recorded its hottest day on Sunday with the mercury hitting 47.3 degrees Celsius after nearly 80 years, according to Australian weather authorities.

#SydneyHeat According to preliminary data #Penrith has broken the all time maximum temperature record for both this station and the Sydney Metropolitan area with 47.1 degrees at 1:55pm.

It's going to be another hot day for Sydney with temperatures.

Police advised Sydneysiders to beat the heat by staying well-hydrated and out of the sun. You need to take care.

In Penrith, west of Sydney, residents sweltered as the town bore the brunt of the heat on Sunday.

Thousands were left without power, and total fire bans were put in place as officials warned of a severe danger.

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By Sunday evening local time (early Sunday morning ET) the fire service tweeted that there were 20 fires across the state, with four yet to be contained.

Sydney sweltered through one of its hottest days on record Sunday as temperatures soared in southern Australia and authorities imposed a fire ban in a sizzling start of summer.

The hashtag refers to an old sun safety campaign - "Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat".

People have flocked to the beach and tennis players been forced off court on Sydney's hottest day for 79 years.

Social media was awash with depictions of the heat, GIFs showed burning skeletons and there were a variety of attempts at egg-frying outside.

116 degrees Farenheit measures 47.3 Celsius.