Record heat levels roast sweltering Sydney

47 degrees Celsius in Australia, roads are melting

According to a foreign news agency, mercury reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit in the New South Wales region on Sunday which made it the hottest weather in Sydney for the past 78 years.

People in Sydney flocked to the beaches and tennis players were forced off court as the area recorded its hottest day for 79 years.

Today's scorching temperature beats the previous record for the area, and came only 0.5 degrees off claiming the record - set in 1939.

Sydney Cricket Ground is about midway between two weather stations where temperatures reached 43.4 degrees and 43.7 degrees.

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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.

New South Wales state Bureau of Meteorology said it had initially believed the heat to be an all-time record, topping one from February 2017, where temperatures edged 47C.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage also warned of higher than normal ozone levels, issuing an Air Quality Forecast alert of poor.

Unsafe heat is roasting parts of Australia with temperatures that haven't been seen in decades.

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