Heatwave to bring temps as high as 42C
Sydneysiders have endured the hottest November night since 1967, the mercury not dipping south of 25.3C.
And the extreme heat will continue throughout Sunday with sky high temperatures predicted from the CBD to Penrith.
Respite is still hours away, a gusty southerly not expected to bring the cool until this afternoon.
"Last night's minimum went down to 25.3 degrees at Observatory Hill," meteorologist Helen Kirkup told NCA NewsWire.
"Previously the highest November night on temperature was 24.8 degrees, which was in 1967."
Going to be hot & awful for a lot of people tonight. One thing that distinguishes a #Heatwave from a regular run of hot days is MINIMUM temps. Tonight #Sydney is unlikely to get below 25 degrees #Dubbo 26 #Cobar 30 #Gosford 25 #Tibooburra 30 #Canberra 20 https://t.co/bkCiOwejkw pic.twitter.com/1EzlMDml6F— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) November 28, 2020
For Sunday, she said, the prediction is: "Just hot. Really hot."
The warm north-westerly wind will stick around and likely see the CBD hit 40C and Penrith 42C.
A cool southerly is expected to blow in between 2pm and 5pm, making for a far more comfortable evening.
Northeastern NSW is also facing a sweltering day, with Grafton expected to hit 42C and Taree 41C.
"If you drew a line from Dubbo across to Tibooburra, everything above that is likely to get well over 40 today," Ms Kirkup said.
The southern part of NSW, in particular the Riverina, suffered yesterday but is not expected to get as hot today.
"Along the Victorian border we're looking at high 20s, low 30s, and that's because that wind change will come through this morning," Ms Kirkup said.
Saturday saw extraordinary temperatures across Australia.
Bright orange colours on the infrared #satellite image show just how hot it was across #Australia on Saturday afternoon 🌡️— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) November 28, 2020
47.5°C Marree, SA
47.4°C Roxby Downs, SA
46.4°C Birdsville, Qld
46.2°C Fowlers Gap, NSW
45.7°C Mildura, Vic
45.5°C Hay, NSW
43.0°C Sydney Airport, NSW pic.twitter.com/D3Boledt3X
Marree in South Australia hit a deeply uncomfortable 47.5C, Queensland's Birdsville 46.4C and Fowlers Gap in NSW was 46.2C.
Originally published as Heatwave to bring temps as high as 42C