Sydney swelters in hottest day since 1939 as mercury hits 47.3C

A busy day at Freshwater Beach Sydney

JAMES BRICKWOOD A busy day at Freshwater Beach Sydney

A away from the countryside and the authorities have had to transfer scores of homeless people to hospitals for treatment as temperatures in city of Sydney reached a scorching 47.8 degrees Celsius.

The sweltering temperatures reached in Penrith were confirmed by the Bureau of Meteorology. "No, but it would not surprise if some stations go close".

Police advised Sydneysiders to beat the heat by staying well-hydrated and out of the sun.

Players participating in the Sydney worldwide tennis tournament were forced off the court at 10:00 local time on Sunday (23:00 GMT Saturday) by the event's organisers after temperatures courtside exceeded 40C. You need to take care.

New South Wales Ambulance tweeted that its staffers were also on alert at beaches in the harborside city amid the rising temperatures.

A severe fire danger rating was issued for the greater Sydney region, while much of the rest of the state has a "very high" rating.

A total fire ban is in place across Sydney and the Hunter region as NSW residents face temperatures soaring into the mid-40s.

Australian and English cricketers slogging through the final Ashes match in Sydney may have also experienced the hottest day on record for a Test match in Australia. The "seek" refers to shade and "slide" to to wearing sunglasses.

Top tennis players were called off the courts Sunday at the Sydney International, a warm-up tournament for the Australian Open Grand Slam after thermometers recorded temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius.

Social media was awash with depictions of the heat, GIFs showed burning skeletons and there were a variety of attempts at egg-frying outside.

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