The mercury rose to 47.3 degrees Celsius, or 117.14 Fahrenheit, in the Sydney metropolitan area.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in the area was 47.8 Celsius degrees (118.04 Fahrenheit) in 1939, the Bureau of Meteorology for the state of New South Wales (NSW) said.
The agency had predicted that temperatures would soar, tweeting: “Are we forecasting all time record high temperatures today? No, but it would not surprise if some stations go close.”
Police advised Sydneysiders to beat the heat by staying well-hydrated and out of the sun. They warned tourists to take extra care if swimming and issued a reminder that it was an offense to leave children or pets unattended in a vehicles — actions that could be deadly in the heat.
New South Wales Ambulance tweeted that its staffers were also on alert at beaches in the harborside city amid the rising temperatures.
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