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Sydney has its hottest April day on record and the endless summer looks set to continue

By Jean Kennedy, Tuesday April 10, 2018 - 08:45 EST
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Sydneysiders seek relief from record hot April temperatures at Sydney's Andrew 'Boy' Charlton pool on the Domain. - ABC

Just when you thought it might be time to reach for the cardigan or an extra blanket, Sydney has recorded its hottest April day ever.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the temperature climbed to 35.4 degrees Celsius at its Observatory Hill site in the city on Monday.

That eclipsed the previous record of 34.2C, which was recorded on April 6 in 2016.

Meteorologist Craig Ryan said it was the hottest day since records were first collected at that site in 1858.

"It's close to a degree higher than the previous record so in that sense it's quite significant," he said.

"But it's hard to gauge whether it's something that will be eclipsed any time soon, so time will tell as to how significant today is."

The weather bureau said other parts of the city in the west and around the airport also notched up records.

Horsley Park reached 35.9C, which broke the April record of 35.8C on April 6 in 2016.



Sydney Airport hit 36.8C, which broke the previous April 2016 record.

Holsworthy recorded 35.8C, breaking the April record of 33.6C on April 3 in 2005.

Canterbury hit 35.4C, almost a degree higher than the previous 2016 record and Terry Hills was exactly a degree higher than the last hottest day recorded in April 2016.

Sydney also saw its longest running hot spell for April with nine consecutive days of temperatures reaching 25C or above, including on Monday, breaking the previous record of seven days straight.

Regional NSW also felt the sun's sting

But the records were not entirely confined to Sydney, with Albion Park in the Illawarra also notching up 34.5C, breaking the April record of 34C in 2005.

And further afield in other regional parts of the state records were also being set.

Dubbo in the central west reached 30C for the first eight days of April, surpassing the previous record of six consecutive days above 30C for April.

There are also six more days forecast of temperatures of 30C or more for Dubbo.

It was the same in Cobar and Walgett in the far west, with eight days of temperatures over 32C, setting records there.

Meteorologist Craig Ryan said it has been very dry too, but what was most significant was the number of days of elevated temperatures across parts of the state.

"Even after this cooler push has come through, we're still expecting temperatures into the high 20s and early 30s later in the week," he said.


- ABC

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