It's official. New South Wales and surrounds in south east Australia was the hottest part of the planet on Sat.
This came in the same week that the gov was pushing coal in parliament.
We've had a bit of a reprieve since yesterday afternoon, with strong southerly winds blowing away the heat. Just as well I think David and I were both showing signs of heat stress. We ended up retreating to the bedroom to lie in air conditioning for a while as it was so hot we felt sick and I was quite dizzy. I ended up sort of panting in the heat instead of breathing normally. Don't like turning the air on in the day as it's so expensive, whereas overnight is off peak, but what do you do?
The break from the heat won't last long though, with more coming later on this week. Hopefully it won't be in the 40's this time.
NSW and other parts of south-eastern Australia were the hottest in the world on Saturday, according to the Climate Reanalyzer website.
The blustery cool change, which was sweeping through NSW on Sunday and raising fire threats to "catastrophic" levels in some regions, will bring a welcomed break in the heat for many, particularly in Sydney.
The city's maximum temperature will ease back to 27 degrees on Monday and 24 degrees on Tuesday - a rarity of a below-average day for what is likely to Sydney's hottest summer on record. Temperatures then start to climb back to the 30s for three days from Thursday, the bureau said.
So far in February, maximum temperatures are running more than four degrees above average, with similar anomalies for overnight conditions. This warm month follows Sydney's second-hottest December and hottest January in records that go back to 1858, the bureau data shows. Sydney Morning Herald