A temperature gauge records the direct heat at the Sydney Cricket Ground as 57.5C (135.5F), 7 January 2018. Photo: Getty Images

7 January 2018 (BBC) – The Australian city of Sydney has experienced its hottest weather in 79 years with temperatures in the region hitting as high as 47.3C (117F).

In Penrith, west of Sydney, residents sweltered as the town bore the brunt of the heat on Sunday.

Severe fire warnings were issued for the greater Sydney area and total fire bans were put in place across the city.

Sunday's temperatures fell short of the scorching heat to hit the area in 1939, when the mercury reached 47.8C.

The sweltering temperatures reached in Penrith were confirmed by the Bureau of Meteorology. [more]

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



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