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Sizzling Sydneysiders pack beaches in the city’s affluent eastern suburbs as temperatures soar

Thousands of sweltering Sydneysiders have flocked to the beaches to find respite from an intense heatwave.

Temperatures in parts of New South Wales soared to 38C on Saturday, with no relief in sight for the rest of the weekend.

Beaches surrounding Sydney were overflowing with swimmers, with some of the busiest being Bondi, Coogee and Maroubra in the city’s east.

 

Sydneysiders have flocked to the beaches to sweat through a sweltering heatwave captivating the entire state

Bondi Beach (pictured) was filled to capacity on Saturday, only days after 30,000 flocked to the landmark on Christmas

Bondi Beach (pictured) was filled to capacity on Saturday, only days after 30,000 flocked to the landmark on Christmas

Suburbs in the city's west endured scorching heats of 38C, with no cool change forecast for the rest of the weekend

Suburbs in the city’s west endured scorching heats of 38C, with no cool change forecast for the rest of the weekend

The entirety of New South Wales is enduring a meteoric heatwave, with a cool change not expected until New Year's Day

The entirety of New South Wales is enduring a meteoric heatwave, with a cool change not expected until New Year’s Day

Surf Live Saving NSW spokeswoman Donna Wishart said beaches were at capacity on Saturday.

‘Compared to the last couple of days it is definitely busier on the beaches today,’ she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lifeguards had their hands full on Saturday, with six swimmers needing a ‘serious rescue’ in metropolitan beaches. 

The foreshores have been packed since Christmas, when about 30,000 beachgoers made their way to Bondi to celebrate the festive season. 

Lifeguards had their hands full on Saturday, with six swimmers needing a 'serious rescue' in metropolitan beaches

Lifeguards had their hands full on Saturday, with six swimmers needing a ‘serious rescue’ in metropolitan beaches

But relief from the blistering heat is only temporary, with Saturday's scorcher just a taste of what's to come for the weekend

But relief from the blistering heat is only temporary, with Saturday’s scorcher just a taste of what’s to come for the weekend

The foreshores have been packed since Christmas, when about 30,000 beachgoers made their way to Bondi to celebrate the festive season

The foreshores have been packed since Christmas, when about 30,000 beachgoers made their way to Bondi to celebrate the festive season

But relief from the blistering heat is only temporary, with Saturday’s scorcher just a taste of what’s yet to come for the rest of the weekend.

Weatherzone forecaster Graeme Britton said temperatures are only going to get higher as the days roll on.

‘We are looking at a pretty much repeat performance [on Sunday] – if anything it could be even hotter in the CBD,’ Mr Britton said.   

The statewide heatwave is being felt in the countryside too, with Griffith recording 40C just after midday Saturday, Wagga Wagga reaching 38C and Albury 36C.

Temperatures in Sydney’s west marched towards 40C for the third consecutive day, with another two forecast before a cool change on New Year’s Eve. 

Surf Live Saving NSW spokeswoman Donna Wishart said beaches surrounding the city were at capacity on Saturday

Surf Live Saving NSW spokeswoman Donna Wishart said beaches surrounding the city were at capacity on Saturday

Weatherzone forecaster Graeme Britton said temperatures are only going to get higher as the days roll on

Weatherzone forecaster Graeme Britton said temperatures are only going to get higher as the days roll on

Nearly 100 swimmers were stung by bluebottle jellyfish on Gold Coast beaches in the Christmas period

Nearly 100 swimmers were stung by bluebottle jellyfish on Gold Coast beaches in the Christmas period

Majority of Australia has been placed on a heatwave warning, one rural town surpassing a blistering 49C

Majority of Australia has been placed on a heatwave warning, one rural town surpassing a blistering 49C

Uluru, in the Northern Territory, was the hottest place in Australia on Saturday, registering at 46C and coming shy of the record for the hottest maximum by only one degree. 

Canberra also peaked at a steamy high of 38C on Saturday, expected to cool slightly to 34C on Sunday.

Adelaide will also see a cool change, but only slightly, from a high of 36C Saturday to 30C Sunday. 

Darwin and Cairns are experiencing typical late December weather – humid and in the low-to-mid 30s.

Marble Bar, in northwest Western Australia, built a reputation as one of Australia’s hottest towns. The minuscule town with a population of only 174 residents recorded 48.4C at just 11am on Thursday, surmounting that to pass 49C later in the day. 

The state’s capital, Perth, is forecast to stay warm and humid on Sunday at a balmy 30C. 

Brisbane and much of Queensland is expected enjoy temperatures in the low 30s over the end of the weekend, but not before nearly 100 swimmers were stung by bluebottle jellyfish on Gold Coast beaches.  

Meanwhile, a cool change swept through Melbourne, with the temperature diving by 7C around lunch time to 29C with showers in the southeast, after sweltering heats in the days after Christmas.

A heatwave was forecast for the weekend in the days after Christmas, with some areas remaining over 40C for days on end

A heatwave was forecast for the weekend in the days after Christmas, with some areas remaining over 40C for days on end

Temperatures in parts of New South Wales soared to 38C on Saturday, with no relief in sight for the rest of the weekend

Temperatures in parts of New South Wales soared to 38C on Saturday, with no relief in sight for the rest of the weekend

Those swimmers who didn't want to brave the surf at Bondi could be seen at the adjacent wave-free paddle pool

Those swimmers who didn’t want to brave the surf at Bondi could be seen at the adjacent wave-free paddle pool

Politicians have called on those making their way to the beach to enjoy the warm weather to 'be smart' and avoid taking risks

Politicians have called on those making their way to the beach to enjoy the warm weather to ‘be smart’ and avoid taking risks

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urged swimmers to stay safe over the festive season after three people drowned in only two days.

He called on those making their way to the beach to enjoy the warm weather to ‘be smart’, avoid taking risks and only swim between the flags.

‘Don’t have what should be such a special time for you and your family turn into a tragedy,’ he said.

‘Be aware of the circumstances, don’t drink and swim and if you are not confident in your swimming ability, then the only place you can swim is at a supervised beach.’

THREE-DAY WEATHER FORECAST

 SYDNEY   

Saturday: Min 21, Max 31, Sunny

Sunday: Min 21, Max 31, Sunny

Monday: Min 22, Max 31, Partly cloudy

ADELAIDE      

Saturday: Min 19, Max 30, Partly cloudy

Sunday: Min 16, Max 29, Possible shower

Monday: Min 15, Max 29, Sunny

BRISBANE    

Saturday: Min 21, Max 30, Partly cloudy

Sunday: Min 22, Max 31, Partly cloudy

Monday: Min 21, Max 31, Partly cloudy

CANBERRA   

Saturday: Min 22, Max 38, Hot and mostly sunny

Sunday: Min 22, Max 35, Partly cloudy

Monday: Min 19, Max 31, Shower or two

MELBOURNE   

Saturday: Min 21, Max 25, Shower or two

Sunday: Min 18, Max 23, Shower or two

Monday: Min 16, Max 24, Partly cloudy

PERTH   

Saturday: Min 14, Max 28, Sunny

Sunday: Min 16, Max 30, Sunny

Monday: Min 17, Max 32, Sunny  

HOBART   

Saturday: Min 16, Max 24, Morning rain at times

Sunday: Min 13, Max 23, Possible light morning shower

Monday: Min 13, Max 25, Partly cloudy

DARWIN     

Saturday: Min 26, Max 33, Shower or two. Possible storm

Sunday: Min 25, Max 33, Shower or two. Storm likely

Monday: Min 25, Max 33, Shower or two. Possible storm

 Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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