Sydney has set an all-new weather record after four consecutive days of temperatures surging above 30 degrees Celsius in March. Such an event occurred for the first time in his 165 years.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects temperatures to hit 30 degrees Celsius on Sunday, while Penrith will swelter in 40-degree heat.
Richmond and Blacktown are also predicted to reach 39 degrees.
This is caused by a weak heat wave spreading across the region, including parts of southeast Queensland.
Phelim Hanifi, senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said: NCA Newswire Sydney last recorded such high temperatures in March in 1878.
At that time, temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius were recorded for three consecutive days.
“It’s a record we’ve never seen before,” Hannifay said.
“Many were worried about the prospect of turning to El Niño later this year, but we are already seeing the imprint of such temperatures.”
The Observatory Hill Observatory, near the southern end of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, recorded an average March temperature of two degrees higher than 27.1 degrees in 2006.
Officials are forecasting an isolated thunderstorm with possible little or no rainfall in the Southern Mountains and slopes of New South Wales.
These conditions could exacerbate the already heightened fire hazard due to ongoing hot and dry conditions in the region, warned.
However, Sky News Australia meteorologist Rob Sharp said residents of New South Wales can expect a change in temperature to cool off soon.
“The wet weather will pick up again,” he said.
“A cool change will cross Victoria, Tasmania and up the New South Wales coastline, arriving in Sydney on Sunday evening.
“By Monday, the New South Wales coast is noticeably cooler.
“We won’t see heat like this again, at least until spring.”
Sharp said hot temperatures will continue in the central and western parts of the state, but rain is expected next week.
“Throughout most of next week, showers will continue to fall in the east on an almost daily basis, so be prepared for wet weather,” he said.
“Despite the fact that La Niña is over, it still doesn’t mean the wet weather is over.”
Hannifay said the system will continue to migrate toward the coast as temperatures hit 43 degrees Celsius in parts of the western interior on Saturday.
“Today the temperatures have risen again and we’ve got that weather system in the south of New South Wales,” he said.
“It’s dragging that heat further east today. It’s dragging it to the coast today, which is why it’s close to 40 degrees in the western suburbs.”
Melbourne, meanwhile, is expected to hit a high of 21 degrees Celsius on Sunday, about three degrees cooler than the March average.
Brisbane is forecast to hit a high of 32C on Sunday.
https://thewest.com.au/news/sydney-breaks-165yo-milestone-after-hottest-four-consecutive-days-in-march-on-record-c-10086363 Sydney breaks 165-year-old milestone after four consecutive days of record heat in March