A day after the mercury reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit in Melbourne, the extreme heat pushed into Sydney on Friday, leading to the hottest day on record for the capital of New South Wales.
The population of over 4.5 million suffered through the scorching heat that peaked at 114.4 degrees Fahrenheit (45.8 degrees Celsius) at the Observatory Hill. This broke the previous all time high of 113.5 degrees F (45.3 degrees C) set in 1939. The temperature rose even higher, reaching 115.5 degrees F (46.4 degrees C) at Sydney Airport.
The heat was followed by strong wind gusts over 50 mph that arrived during the evening hours along with some overnight rainfall.
Luckily, cooler weather arrived in time for the weekend, along with isolated showers and thunderstorms.
The combination of sweltering heat and strong winds led to numerous wildfires across both New South Wales and neighboring Victoria.
The first confirmed fatality from the wildfires was reported on Friday as a man was found burned to death in an automobile.
Firefighters battling the blazes have endured extreme heat making the the fight even more dangerous. Several firefighters have even received medical attention due to heat and exhaustion.
Some more rainfall will occur into early next week across portions of New South Wales and eastern Victoria, but amounts are not expected to be significant enough to dampen out wildfires which could rage in some areas for weeks.
Big changes are on the way for parts of the Western and Central states late this week and into this weekend.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
A parade of snowstorms has been taking aim at the U.S. recently, increasing the chances for many to see a White Christmas.
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