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Sydney weather: Overnight temperature is record high for December, BOM says

Wednesday December 14, 2016 - 14:34 EDT
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North Narrabeen beach hit 27 degrees Celsius at 6:30am. - ABC licensed

Sydneysiders tossed and turned through sweltering temperatures last night, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying it was the hottest night ever recorded in December.



The previous record for the hottest December night in Sydney was set in 1868, when a minimum temperature of 26.3 degrees Celsius was recorded across the night.

The weather experts look at that minimum temperature, instead of the maximum, because the gauge drops to the lowest point at night.

The lowest temperature reached was 27.1C at Sydney Observatory Hill between 9:00am Tuesday and 9:00am today.

The overnight heat also makes it the second hottest night on record for any month of the year, a BOM spokesperson said.

To put the heat in perspective, by 1:30am, at Observatory Hill, it was still 28.3C and in Penrith it was still a balmy 30C at 10:30pm.



But city dwellers will not swelter for long, with two successive days of heat cooling down with some late rain.

"Today will start as another scorcher, but there is a 60 per cent chance of rain and winds from the south, south-east in the afternoon and should bring temperature back to the low twenties tomorrow," said Craig Bourke from the BOM.



'43C in the shed at Penrith'

Many people headed to the beaches for a night swim.

Matt Agius took a dip at Bondi after working in Penrith all day.

"Just having a swim with the boys. Had a hot day at work," he said.

"Forty-three degrees in the shed out at Penrith."

A fire near Cessnock was brought under control yesterday evening, but is still burning and has an "advice" warning current at 9:30am.

There are total fire bans across the Greater Sydney Region, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Central West plains.

Greater Sydney and Illawarra/Shoalhaven have the most serious fire risk with a "severe" category fire danger today.

Twitter erupted over the past two days, with people complaining about their air-conditioning and crying out for relief from the heat.

"On the plus side, it's great weather for drying the washing," one user tweeted.

Plenty of people were encouraging everyone on the Twittersphere to stay hydrated and out of the sun.

"It's 32 degrees at 8:30 in the morning. Today is a scorcher! Stay cool everyone and drink plenty of water," another user tweeted.

Of course, others saw the funny side.


- ABC

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