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Sticky Sydney to cool off in the wind and rain

Rob Sharpe, Thursday January 14, 2016 - 13:08 EDT

Relief is in sight for Sydneysiders struggling in the oppressive heat, with storms and a southerly buster this afternoon.

Temperatures soared quickly in Sydney today, reaching the 30's around 9am, before climbing close to 40 degrees in the city and across the west.

Today is more uncomfortable than most days near 40 degrees in Sydney due to the extra moisture in the air. Western Sydney in particular usually enjoys dry air when it gets this hot, but today moisture levels are making conditions extreme. In Penrith, the temperature was 36 degrees late morning, with relative humidity still above 50%, making the temperature feel more like a sultry 46 degrees.

This afternoon the humid conditions will help showers and thunderstorms develop from about 2pm, before the southerly buster arrives around 4-5pm, dropping temperatures by as much as 15 degrees in an hour and bringing powerful winds.

The gusty winds will combine with some stray showers and thunderstorms to produce a dangerous commute, but at least the oppressive conditions will be gone.

Tonight, rain will set in as winds remain fairly strong. Tomorrow morning’s return to work will be quite soggy and cool, more reminiscent of autumn. However, by the time the afternoon rolls around there will be breaks in the cloud and just the occasional shower amongst the gusty winds.

Over the weekend it will remain fairly mild with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low-to-mid 20’s. There is just the chance of the odd light shower, most likely in the east.

- Weatherzone

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