Sydney suffers through record heatwave not seen in 165 years with temperatures soaring past 40C as thousands flock to the beach
- Sydney sweltering though record March temperatures
- First time four March days climbed over 30C
- Coastal NSW set to see cool change on Monday
Sydney has 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 Bureau of Meteorology forecast Sydney would reach a top of 30C on Sunday, while Penrith was set to swelter in 40C heat.
Richmond and Blacktown were also forecast to reach 39C.
The high temperatures are being caused by a low intensity heatwave spreading across the region that also includes some parts of southeast Queensland.
Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Felim Hannify told NCA NewsWire the last time Sydney recorded such high temperatures in March was in 1878.
Sydney has experienced its hottest March on record with a record four consecutive days climbing about 30C
At that time, temperatures above 30C were recorded for three consecutive days.
‘It’s a record never seen previously,’ Mr Hannify said.
‘A lot of people were nervous about the outlook changing to El Nino later in the year but we’re already seeing an imprint of those temperatures.’
The Observatory Hill station near the southern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge has recorded March’s average is 2C above the previous record of 27.1 degrees from 2006.
The Bureau forecasts there will be isolated gusty thunderstorms with little or no rainfall possible about the Southern Ranges and slopes in New South Wales.
It warns these conditions may exacerbate already elevated fire dangers due to ongoing hot, dry conditions in the region.
Large areas of Victoria have already seen bushfires but a cooler day on Sunday saw residents on the Surf Coast and in the alpine region advised the threat had lessened.
Sky News Australia meteorologist Rob Sharpe said New South Wales residents can also soon expect a cool change.
The hot weather has lead to high bushfire dangers in NSW with Victoria already seeing large areas set ablaze
‘Wet weather is going to pick up again,’ he said.
‘A cool change is crossing Victoria, Tasmania and up the New South Wales coastline, it reaches Sydney on Sunday evening.
‘By Monday it’s notably cooler for the New South Wales coast.
‘We’re not going to see this type of heat again until we get to at least springtime.’
Mr Sharpe said while central and western parts of the state will continue to see high temperatures, rain is forecast for the coming week.
‘We’re going to continue to see showers on an almost daily basis out through the east right through much of next week, so get ready for the wet weather,’ he said.
‘Despite the fact La Nina is done doesn’t mean the end of the wet weather just yet.’
Mr Hannify said the system that saw temperatures reach 43 in some parts of the interior west on Saturday will continue to move towards the coast.
Sydneysiders try to find some relief from the run of hot Sydney days at Bronte Beach in the city’s east
‘Temperatures rose again today we had that weather system coming over the southern part of New South Wales,’ he said.
‘It’s dragging that heat further east today, that’s why you’re getting near 40s in the western suburbs because it’s dragged closer to the coast today.’
Meanwhile, Melbourne is forecast to reach a top of 21 degrees on Sunday, which is about three degrees cooler than the March average.
Brisbane is forecast to reach a top of 32 degrees on Sunday.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
Monday: Sunny. Min 22, Max 36
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 20, Max 33
Wednesday: Sunny. Min 19, Max 33
Thursday: Sunny. Min 17, Max 31
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 13, Max 27
Tuesday: Possible shower. Min 16, Max 27
Wednesday: Sunny. Min 15. Max 27
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 15, Max 24
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 15, Max 21
Tuesday: Showers increasing. Min 13, Max 22
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 16, Max 24
Thursday: Shower or two. Min 15, Max 24
Monday: Cloudy. Min 10, Max 17
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 7, Max 21
Wednesday: Cloudy. Min 11, Max 20
Thursday: Shower or two. Min 11, Max 21
Monday: Cloudy. Min 14, Max 23
Tuesday: Late shower or two. Min 12, Max 22
Wednesday: Showers. Min 12, Max 24
Thursday: Shower or two. Min 12, Max 24
Monday: Shower or two. Min 21, Max 26
Tuesday: Cloudy. Min 19, Max 24
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 19, Max 27
Thursday: Showers increasing. Min 19, Max 28
Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 21, Max 32
Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 23, Max 30
Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 22, Max 28
Thursday: Shower or two. Min 21, Max 29
Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 25, Max 33
Tuesday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 25, Max 31
Wednesday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 24, Max 31
Thursday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25, Max 32
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