Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

121 year old heat record broken in Sydney

Alex Zadnik, Friday February 10, 2017 - 15:21 EDT

Sydney has just broken a long standing summer record for the number of days
above 35 degrees.

Temperature readings from the weather station at Observatory Hill are usually
cooled by a regular sea breeze in summer, even while western parts of the city
bake in 40 degree heat. For this reason, days above 35 degrees are rare between
December and February. In fact, Observatory Hill averages only three days per year
above the 35 degree mark.

The previous record of nine summer days above 35 degrees was set way back in
1895/96 at a site where records extend back to 1858.

As of Friday afternoon, Observatory Hill had exceeded 35 degrees for the tenth
time this summer (up to 37.2 degrees as of 2:49pm).

It is highly likely that this record will be extended to 11 days on Saturday with
temperatures nearing 40 in the city.

Many other parts of NSW will bake in mid 40's heat over the weekend, before a
significant cool change spreads across the state from the south during Sunday and
Monday.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2017

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Tropical cyclone off Queensland coast highly possible, expected to make landfall, BOM forecasts

17:59 EDT

A tropical low off north Queensland has a high chance of developing into a cyclone and making landfall by early next week, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says.

Queensland cyclone threat

15:39 EDT

Queensland may see its first tropical cyclone in two years in coming days, although the situation is still hard to call.

BOM weather: Six questions you've always wanted to ask a meteorologist

14:27 EDT

It runs one of the most-viewed websites in Australia and broadcasts its weather forecasts and warnings around the country each day.