Sydney is experiencing a record heatwave not seen in 165 years as temperatures top 40C with thousands flocking to the beach.
- Hot Sydney despite record March temperatures
- The first time four days in March rose above 30°C
- Coastal NSW is set to see a nice change on Monday
Sydney set a new weather record after temperatures soared above 30C for four consecutive days in March – the first time such an event has occurred in 165 years.
The Met Office predicted a high of 30C in Sydney on Sunday, while Penrith is set to top a high of 40C.
Richmond and Blacktown are also expected to reach 39°C.
The high temperatures are caused by a low-intensity heat wave spreading across the region which also includes some parts of southeast Queensland.
Said the chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Willem Hanifi NCA NewsWire The last time Sydney had high temperatures was in March 1878.
Sydney had its warmest March on record with a record four consecutive days climbing around 30°C
At that time, temperatures above 30°C were recorded for three consecutive days.
“It’s a record that has never been seen before,” Hanifey said.
“A lot of people were nervous about the outlook for a change to El Nino later in the year but we’re already seeing an imprint of those temperatures.”
Observatory Hill station near the southern end of Sydney Harbor Bridge recorded the March average 2°C higher than the previous record of 27.1° from 2006.
The bureau expects that there will be isolated thunderstorms with little or no rain over the southern mountain ranges and slopes of New South Wales.
It warns that these conditions may exacerbate the already high fire risk due to the persistent hot and dry conditions in the region.
Large areas of Victoria have seen bushfires, but a cooler day on Sunday saw residents on the surf coast and in the Alpine region see the threat reduced.
Sky News Australia meteorologist Rob Sharpe said New South Wales residents are expecting great change soon.
Hot weather has led to high bushfire risks in New South Wales with Victoria already seeing large areas blazing
“Wet weather will get better again,” he said.
There is a wonderful change that runs through Victoria, Tasmania and even the coast of New South Wales, arriving in Sydney on Sunday evening.
By Monday, it’s noticeably cooler for the New South Wales coast.
“We won’t see this kind of heat again until we get to spring at least.”
Sharp said that while the central and western parts of the state will continue to experience high temperatures, rain is expected next week.
“We will continue to see rain on an almost daily basis across the east for most of next week, so prepare for wet weather,” he said.
“Despite the fact that La Nina is done doesn’t mean the end of wet weather just yet.”
Hanifi said the system, which saw temperatures reach 43 in some parts of the western interior on Saturday, will continue to move toward the coast.
Sydneysiders try to find some relief from the sweltering heat of Sydney days at Bronte Beach in the east of the city
“Temperatures have picked up again today we have this weather system coming over the southern part of New South Wales,” he said.
“It’s pulling that heat further east today, and that’s why it’s closer to the 40s in the western suburbs because it’s closer to the coast today.”
Meanwhile, Melbourne is expected to reach 21 degrees Celsius on Sunday, which is nearly three degrees colder than the March average.
Brisbane is expected to reach a high of 32°C on Sunday.
weather in your city
Monday: sunny. Minimum 22, maximum 36
Tuesday: Partly sunny. 20 minimum, 33 maximum
Wednesday: sunny. Minimum 19, maximum 33
Thursday: Sunny. 17 minimum, 31 maximum
Monday: Partly cloudy. 13 minimum, 27 maximum
Tuesday: it is possible to take a shower. Minimum 16, maximum 27
Wednesday: sunny. Minimum 15. Maximum 27
Thursday: Partly cloudy. 15 as a minimum and 24 as a maximum
Monday: Partly cloudy. 15 minutes, max 21
Tuesday: more rain. 13 minimum, 22 maximum
Wednesday: a shower or two. Minimum 16, maximum 24
Thursday: a shower or two. 15 as a minimum and 24 as a maximum
Monday: cloudy. 10 as a minimum and 17 as a maximum
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Minimum 7, maximum 21
Wednesday: cloudy. Minimum 11, maximum 20
Thursday: a shower or two. 11 minimum, 21 maximum
Monday: cloudy. Minimum 14, maximum 23
Tuesday: a late shower or two. Minimum 12, maximum 22
Wednesday: showers. 12 as a minimum and 24 as a maximum
Thursday: a shower or two. 12 as a minimum and 24 as a maximum
Monday: a shower or two. Minimum 21, maximum 26
Tuesday: cloudy. Minimum 19, maximum 24
Wednesday: a shower or two. 19 minimum, 27 maximum
Thursday: rising showers of rain. Minimum 19, maximum 28
Monday: Partly sunny. Minimum 21, maximum 32
Tuesday: a shower or two. The minimum is 23 and the maximum is 30
Wednesday: a shower or two. Minimum 22, maximum 28
Thursday: a shower or two. Minimum 21, maximum 29
Monday: Partly sunny. Minimum 25, maximum 33
Tuesday: showers. potential storm. Minimum 25, maximum 31
Wednesday: showers. potential storm. Minimum 24, maximum 31
Thursday: a shower or two. potential storm. Minimum 25, maximum 32
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