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Sydney swelters through one of hottest days on record

Sydney swelters through one of hottest days on record

The high, 117.14 degrees Fahrenheit, marked the highest temperature ever recorded in the western suburb of Penrith, and the second-highest temperature recorded in greater Sydney. Showers are expected on Monday and Tuesday before the winds swing round to the southeast.

A total fire ban was issued for the Greater Sydney and Hunter regions, as much of the country struggled through the record heatwave.

"It was certainly the hottest place in Australia", he said.

Beaches were packed today in Sydney Australia
EPA FLOCK Beaches were packed today in Sydney Australia

Record-breaking heat has hit southeastern Australia over the past few days leading to widespread fire bans as temperatures passed 40 degrees Celsius.

People in Sydney flocked to the beaches and tennis players were forced off court as the area recorded its hottest day for 79 years.

Emergency warning were issued in Victoria where residents in rural areas were advised to evacuate homes and seek shelter as the fires encroached. They've also informed residents that if they are considering leaving their homes, they should do so earlier rather than later.

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Sydney also had poor air quality on Sunday which can especially affect people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

"Ozone levels are higher outdoors than indoors, so limiting time outside during the heat of the day and in the evening would help people to keep cool and to limit their exposure to ozone pollution", Environmental health director Dr Ben Scalley said in a statement on Saturday.

"We've seen over the past month, fires that we've had haven't necessarily been burning on days of severe or above-fire-danger rating. the fuel is dry out there, the fuel's dry all around NSW".

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"Cars become a furnace very, very quickly in this type of heat", she said.

CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW, Steve Peace, warned members of the public to be extremely careful on the state's beaches.

In other incidents, two men aged 33 and 48 remain in hospital in a critical condition after being pulled from unpatrolled beaches near Wollongong - one at Bulli's Sandon Point and the other further south near Port Kembla.

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