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Sydney has sweltered through its hottest day in history, causing scores of heat-related illnesses, transport chaos and even melting roads and ice rinks.
The mercury hit 45.8C at Sydney's Observatory Hill at 2.55pm (AEDT) on Friday, exceeding the previous record of 45.3C set on January 14, 1939.
The record temperature was similar to that recorded in places in the NSW far west, such as White Cliffs, which sweated the day out in around 44C heat.
That was topped by temperatures in Penrith, in western Sydney, which reached 46.5C.
Central Coast residents have sweltered as the region recorded its hottest day ever.
There was no escaping the scorching temperature with the mercury topping out at 44C at Gosford at 2pm.
However, that was mild compared to some suburbs, with Express Advocate readers reporting readings of 45C at Watanobbi and Gorokan and 46C at West Gosford.
NOBBYS Beach has recorded its highest temperature with the mercury hitting 42.5 degrees at 3.20pm.
Nobbys' previous hottest day on record was 42 degrees on December 23, 1990.
In the Valley, Williamtown claimed a top of 44.8 degrees, beating its New Years Day record of 44.4 degrees in 2006.
Canberra has recorded its second hottest-day on record but relief is on the way.
As the city paused to commemorate 10 years since the devastating firestorm of 2003, the Bureau of Meteorology's latest observations put the day's high point at 41.6 degrees. It is the hottest January day since records began in 1939.
Rain has been evaporating before it hits the ground but a cool change is on the way and lower temperatures are forecast for the next few days.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Nick Bright said the hottest day on record in Canberra was February 1, 1968, when the temperature hit 42.2 degrees.
HOBART has sweltered through its hottest day since records began in 1883.
The island capital hit 41.8C at 4.05pm (AEDT), smashing the previous high of 40.8C set in January 1976.
That record had stood since 1899, when the mercury hit 40.1C.
Australia set a new record for the highest national area-average temperature, recording 40.33 °C (104F) and surpassing the previous record set on 21 December 1972 (40.17 °C). To date (data up to the 7 January 2013) the national area-average for each of the first 7 days of 2013 has been in the top 20 hottest days on record, with 6 January the fifth hottest on record and the first time 6 consecutive days over 39 °C (102F) has ever been recorded for Australia.
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Originally posted by AgentX09
Let's face it.There's been on going highly strange weather all over the world.