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Sydney burns: Hottest temperature in nearly 80 years

Hottest temperature in nearly 80 years

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SYDNEY, Australia - On Sunday, Australian meteorologists announced that Sydney had endured its hottest temperature in nearly 80 years.

In the Sydney metropolitan area, the mercury reportedly rose to 47.3 degrees Celsius, or 117.14 Fahrenheit.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology for the state of New South Wales (NSW), the hottest temperature ever recorded in the area was 47.8 Celsius degrees (118.04 Fahrenheit) in 1939.

On Sunday, the agency predicted that temperatures were set to soar and said on Twitter, “Are we forecasting all time record high temperatures today? No, but it would not surprise if some stations go close.”

The Bureau of Meteorology in New South Wales said in a Tweet, “#SydneyHeat update: #Penrith has now reached 47.3 degrees at 3:25pm according to the preliminary live data from the weather station there.”

On the other side of the equator, as brutally cold temperatures continued to claim dozens of lives in the U.S., emergency services in Sydney prepared residents for dangers from the other end of extremities.

Residents of Sydney were advised by the police to beat the heat by staying well-hydrated and out of the sun. 

Tourists meanwhile were warned to take extra care if they planned to go swimming.

Further, authorities issued a reminder to residents and tourists that it was an offense to leave children or pets unattended in vehicles - pointing out that such actions could be deadly in the heat.

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

Meanwhile, the greater Sydney area and neighbouring Hunter Region faced a total fire ban that remained in place through the Twitter against and said that by Sunday evening local time, there were 20 fires across the state, with four yet to be contained.

It added that temperatures were expected to remain in the high 30s to early 40s Celsius on Monday and the fire ban would be continued.

Meteorologists also advised fans to #slipslopslapseekslide (an old sun safety campaign - Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a hat, seek shade and slide to wearing sunglasses) at the Ashes Test Series being played out between arch rivals the Australian and English cricket teams at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

And Tennis players locked in serious games at the Sydney International ahead of the Australian Open also had to battle through the heat on the first day of the tournament.

Organizers reassured spectators in a tweet claiming that a big fan was in place to cool them down.

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

She tweeted, "43 degrees but probably 50 on court when started. I’m sorry to the fans, I think it's the first time in my career I retired a match."

According to the Cancer Council Australia, Australians need to be extra careful as they have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

Approximately two out of three people in the country are likely to be diagnosed with the disease by the time they are 70.

However, authorities reassured that temperatures were forecast to be slightly "colder" on Monday, with a maximum of 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) expected further north.

In September last year, Australians were warned to prepare for a dangerous bushfire season after the region experienced one of the driest winters on record.

Further, in December 2016 and February 2017, over 200 weather records were broken across Australia, with heat waves, bushfires and flooding throughout the country's summer season.

 

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