Today’s Sydney heatwave threatens to break the record for the hottest November day on record with temperatures reaching 40 degrees.
The Bureau of Meterology has confirmed that the hottest day currently on record during November was 41.8°C in 1982. The blistering heat, which has affected most of NSW, is said to be caused by a cold front rising up from the south and encountering a slow high pressure system over the Tasman Sea. The cold front has taken hot, dry air from Central Australia and brought it into NSW.
Temperatures will most likely remain above 40 degrees throughout the Sydney basin from 3pm until 6pm. The dropping mercury should result in a sudden temperature reduction of up to 10 degrees between 8pm and 9pm tonight.
The NSW Rural Fire Service has issued total fire bans in a number of state districts, regarding the North and Eastern Riverina as the most at risk. A bushfire broke out in the Blue Mountains region at 3am this morning.
Some Sydneysiders have used the heatwave as an excuse to start the weekend early, with beaches, air-conditioned shopping centres, and ice-cream stalls reaching fever pitch. – by Sergio Magliarachi
Top photo of ice-cream by Jessica Heckley