Sydney clocks the hottest place on earth as hot weather continues

NSW is set to sizzle on Sunday. Source Bureau of Meteorology

"It looks like it's the highest temperature recorded in the Sydney area in 80 years", Jacob Cronje, a Senior Meteorologist with Weatherzone, said.

The suburb of Penrith, west of the city, bore the brunt of the heat, according to the Bureau of Meteorology for New South Wales.

The Bureau of Meteorology mistakenly tweeted that today's temperature was the all-time record, before discovering the historical date.

About 7,000 properties lost power, and officials of the Sydney global tennis tournament canceled matches as the temperature courtside reached 104.

The greater Sydney area was given a severe fire danger rating, local media reported, while much of the rest of the state was issued with a very high rating.

At the Sydney Cricket Ground, England's batsmen struggled on the hottest day on record for a test match in Australia.

It still was not the hottest for the area as another weather station recorded a temperature of 47.8 degrees back in 1939.

Journalist Jamie Pandaram also wrote on Twitter that the heat had prevented photographers from doing their work. 3 courtside photographers' cameras shut down, takes 55 degree temps to do that.

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

Numerous blazes had already sprung up on Saturday, with several homes and buildings lost in bushfires in the states of Victoria and South Australia.

Experts have also warned that climate change had pushed up land and sea temperatures, leading to more extremely hot days and severe fire seasons.

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