At 1:55 p.m. AEST, the hottest place in the world was Penrith. Penrith is a suburb and major centre located in Greater Western Sydney. It is 50 kms from Sydney CBD.
Sydney has recorded its highest temperature, with Penrith in Sydney's west reaching 47.1 degrees Celsius today. It is also the highest temperature Sydney has clocked ever.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has confirmed the preliminary data, saying it was the highest temperature recorded by a weather station in the Sydney metropolitan area.The previous record of 47°C was recorded in Richmond in February last year.
A total fire ban has been issued for the Greater Sydney and Hunter regions.
The heat wave or the 'blast furnace' as it is being referred to is being delivered by dry, gusty north-westerly winds sending hot air from Central Australia to Australia's south east regions. Sydney is now the hottest capital in the country.
NSW residents have been warned to protect themselves against heat stroke, ozone pollution and fire dangers as the dangerous “blast furnace” moves across Australia.