People flock to Bondi Beach in Sydney earlier this month.
Temperatures in the city hit a record high of almost 46degC
today.(Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)
Sydney has recorded its hottest day on record as
paramedics treat scores of people across NSW for heat-related
The temperature in Sydney hit 45.8C at 2.55pm (AEDT) today,
exceeding the previous Sydney record of 45.3C set on January
The Bureau of Meteorology says the temperature is
significantly higher than the 39C it had originally forecast
because an expected breeze had not moved onto the coast from
"If the sea breeze moves inland it will cool off pretty
quickly, so at the moment we're just watching to see what
happens," meteorologist Julie Evans told AAP.
Sydney's weather is comparable with places in NSW's far west,
such as Whitecliff, which have recorded temperatures around
44C on Friday.
But Sydney was topped by temperatures in Penrith, in western
Sydney, which reached 46.5C and could even make 48C.
"It wouldn't surprise me if Penrith broke a record," she
As the state swelters, paramedics have been swamped with
As of 1.10pm, the Ambulance Service of NSW had responded to
21 cases of heat exposure, a third of which were for people
In addition, there had been 62 cases of unconsciousness or
fainting, many attributable to the heat, as well as 22
instances of vomiting.
Ambulance crews were carrying extra bottles of water to
distribute to patients, an Ambulance Service spokeswoman told
People have been reminded that extreme heat can easily lead
to life-threatening situations if precautions are not taken,
such as staying indoors, drinking lots of water, and staying
Elderly, sick and very young people were at greater risk of
heatstroke, the Ambulance Service said in a statement.
Sydney's extreme heat is forecast to ease this evening when a
cool change will sweep through the city accompanied by strong
"Because it is so hot it will be very gusty when the change
comes through," Ms Evans said.
While Sydney swelters, the state record - 49.7C at Menindee
in 10 January 1939 - looks like it will stand firm.
"Out west we don't have temperatures anywhere near that, so
Menindee's record is safe - but Sydney's isn't," Ms Evans