Sydney swelters through its hottest day in almost 80 years

Sydney swelters through its hottest day in almost 80 years

Dangerous heat is roasting parts of Australia with temperatures that have not been seen in decades.

The temperature in Sydney hit an almost 80-year high of 47.3C today - a sharp contrast to the bitter cold that has gripped much of Ireland and the US.

The temperature was just shy of the city's all-time high of 47.8C, set in 1939.

[media=digiteka]v808sr[/media]

New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the state's heatwave plan had been activated to respond to "severe to extreme heat conditions".

Thousands were left without power, and total fire bans were put in place as officials warned of severe danger.

Residents were urged to drink extra water and limit their time outdoors because of air pollution resulting from the hot weather.

- AP

More in this Section

Security stepped up in Hong Kong after night of clashesSecurity stepped up in Hong Kong after night of clashes

Australia’s highest court agrees to hear cardinal’s appealAustralia’s highest court agrees to hear cardinal’s appeal

Greta Thunberg to set sail for Europe after climate talks relocatedGreta Thunberg to set sail for Europe after climate talks relocated

Bolivia clashes after opposition leader assumes presidencyBolivia clashes after opposition leader assumes presidency


Lifestyle

The Cosmetify Index reveals the cosmetics companies that are generating the most buzz online – and Dubai-based Huda Kattan has the top spot.Huda Beauty tops the 10 ‘most popular’ beauty brands this year

Read the script of Kya deLongchamps’ kitchen-sink drama to set the scene to make an informed choice when selecting this home essentialTake the plunge: Read this checklist before you splash out on your new kitchen sink

SOMETIMES, the journey is more important than the destination. And sometimes, we just want to sit at home eating a bag of jelly beans, while thinking about more jelly beans. Life is only as significant or special as we make it.GameTech: Death Stranding is a divisive, beautiful journey packaged in a cool world

Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll tells Richard Purden about the mad times when five Manc-Irish lads became one of the biggest rock bands in the worldNot looking back in anger: Former Oasis drummer looks back at the mad times of one of the biggest rock bands in the world

More From The Irish Examiner