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Sydney suffers through hottest day in 80 years

Sydney suffers through hottest day in 80 years

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.

The weekend heatwave saw temperatures reach as high as 47.3 degrees Celsius in Sydney's west, while the rest of the harbor city sizzled at around 41-45 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place to be anywhere earth Sunday.

This was surpassed by another record set at the Old Richmond Station at 47.8°C.

An afternoon breeze helped cool the city a few degrees.

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

Surfers make their way over the rocks at Tamarama at sunrise on Sunday
BROOKE MITCHELL SMH Surfers make their way over the rocks at Tamarama at sunrise on Sunday

Power outages were reported throughout Sydney and north of the city on the Central Coast as the electricity grid struggled to cope with demand.

New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the state's heat wave plan had been activated to respond to "severe to extreme heat conditions".

The Australian and England cricket teams suffered temperatures in the 50s out on the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

According to the country's meteorological department, Sydney's localities - Parramatta, Liverpool and Richmond recorded maximum temperatures of around 40, 39 and 41 degrees Celsius respectively.

Climate scientists say rising sea and land temperatures as a result of global warming explain the hundreds of weather records broken or nearly-broken over the last several years in Australia.