Sydney hits its highest temperature recorded since 1939
Sydney has hit a heat milestone, recording a 47.3C temperature in the far western suburb of Penrith.
This is ambient temperature, not surface temperature - which is much hotter. I've personally experienced 50C at the Sydney airport three years ago, but that represents a large expanse of asphalt and the Bureau Of Meteorology tends to be a bit more methodical with their measurements, preferring measurement locations with trees and shade. I can't really tell you what temperature we hit at the house - the outdoor temperature sensor it seems became a puddle of molten plastic some time in the last 48 hours and stopped sending signals.