Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Australia swelters in record high temperatures

Australia swelters in record high temperatures

Thermometers in greater Sydney, Australia, touched 47.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday, almost setting an all-time record.

"We can expect both high maximum temperatures and high minimum temperatures, so it will be harder to cool down", he said.

A cool sea breeze dropped the CBD temperature just before 1.30pm with strong winds helping to push the temperature below 33 degrees by 2pm.

On Sunday, the city was originally forecast to hit 40 degrees, but shot past that before midday.

"The total fire bans are again in force today for the Greater Sydney environment which includes the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast, but also the Greater Hunter region which is effectively from Newcastle up through the Hunter to places like Scone and Muswellbrook", he said.

The NSW RSF issued a total fire ban for the Sydney area and the Hunter Valley.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has warned residents to prepare their bushfire plans in case of emergency.

A teenage girl has been charged with starting a fire that damaged one home and threatened dozens more in Melbourne's southeast. They've also informed residents that if they are considering leaving their homes, they should do so earlier rather than later.

Meanwhile, NSW Health warned people to drink plenty of water and limit their time outdoors because of a rise in ozone pollution as a result of the hot, still weather.

"We've seen over the past month, fires that we've had haven't necessarily been burning on days of severe or above-fire-danger rating. the fuel is dry out there, the fuel's dry all around NSW".

"They put a lot of strain on the body and can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke".

"Cars become a furnace very, very quickly in this type of heat".

The two bystanders then rushed to the man's aid and brought him ashore, where he was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Surf Life Saving NSW has implored people heading to the beach to take care, given there have been 10 drownings since the beginning of December.

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