If you were in Sydney yesterday and brave enough to leave the cooler confines of your home, you would’ve noticed Sydney was a little hotter than usual… so hot, in fact,that we can confirm that it was the hottest place on earth.
Temperatures soared in Penrith yesterday to a record-breaking 47.3 degrees. Jacob Cronje, a Senior Meteorologist with Weatherzone, explained to Fairfax Media.
"It looks like it's the highest temperature recorded in the Sydney area in 80 years."
"It was certainly the hottest place in Australia," he said.
The university in Maine released a climate analysis map, which mapped the globe and their varying temperatures. Australia, unsurprisingly, proved to be the hottest continent in the world.
Penrith, NSW, was the world's hottest place today (47.3C).— Andrew B Watkins (@windjunky) January 7, 2018
...but the most above average was the Arctic north of Finland, which really shouldn't be above -or anywhere near- 0C at this time of year.https://t.co/RUfF9O19u3 pic.twitter.com/npgaCEHChz
Though the weather will continue to be hot and may still breach the 40-degree mark, it is unlikely Sydney will see another record-breaking temperature of that nature again this summer.
For those in Penrith, the heat did not ease at sunset, with temperatures recorded above 30 degrees at around 7.30 pm and humidity as high as 91 percent overnight.
Penrith and Sydney’s West will continue to see days that reach 40-42 degrees, whereas Sydney city and the coast can expect days with highs of a more manageable 33 degrees
Sydney will see rain and thunderstorms early this week as well.
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