Sydney heat soars beyond forecast as bushfires continue
SYDNEY has smashed previous records, marking its hottest day ever, as regional areas increase bushfire warnings to 'extreme'.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the southerly change is now due to hit Sydney about 8pm, and because of the extreme heat it has warned the change could come with strong winds.
Thunderstorms unconnected to the southerly change have already hit some parts of Sydney, bringing rain, and in one cause, gale force winds.
At Terrey Hills about 5.30pm a short but intense thunderstorm generated winds gusting up to 103kmh, the bureau said. The storm brought down trees and caused some damage to homes. ................(more)