NSW residents have been playing the game of beating the heat all weekend and there’s not a reprieve in sight before the work week kicks back in.
Temperatures soared across the state on Saturday and the general warning was to stay out of the heat, hydrate and keep cool.
The entire Riverina and Upper and Lower Western divisions recorded highs of 40 and above, with Menindee topping the peak temperature with a sweltering 47 degrees.
- How hot did it get on Saturday?
- Menindee 47
- Griffith 43
- Hay 43
- Walgett 42
- Wagga 41
- Albury 41
- Scone 40
- Dubbo 40
- Orange 35
- Newcastle 35
- Tamworth 38
- Wollongong 37
- Goulburn 37
- Bathurst 36
Sydney got off to a hot start on Sunday with many parts of the city racing above 30 degrees early in the morning.
Penrith was sitting at 30.4 and Campbelltown was recording a temperature of 31.1 degrees at 9am. The city had reached 29.8 at the same time, rising above 30 degrees just 10 minutes later.
Springwood, just west of Penrith, recorded one of the hottest temperatures early in the day with a recording of 35.2 at 9am.
It was a relatively warm start to the day even at dawn as the mercury failed to dip below 22 in Sydney overnight.
Temperatures in the west are predicted to rise as high as 45 degrees on Sunday while Sydney could break 40.
The NSW RFS declared Wollongong the hottest place in NSW when it hit 41 degrees by 10.30am on Sunday.
At 10:30 there are 18 fires across #NSW 2 of those are yet to be contained. #Wollongong is recording 41 degrees making it the hottest place in NSW at the moment. Fire dangers are also rising many areas now experiencing very high fire dangers. #NSWRFSpic.twitter.com/cWd66wWMut— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 6, 2018
The Rural Fire Service has issued a total fire ban for the Greater Sydney and Hunter Regions, with Sydney being given a severe fire rating.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has issued an Air Quality Forecast alert of poor, with ozone levels higher than normal.
This means those with respiratory problems such as asthma will need to be extra cautious during the hot weather and keep their reliever medication nearby.