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Another heat feat in Western Sydney

Ben Domensino, Monday January 22, 2018 - 17:36 AEDT

Parts of Western Sydney are having an exceptionally hot start to the year, with Penrith just enduring its hottest four day spell in more than 20 years.

A stagnant pool of hot air over NSW has caused severe heatwave conditions across much of the state since Friday. Temperatures have reached 45 to 47 degrees somewhere in the state on each of the past four days.

Penrith's top of 43.2 degrees on Monday followed highs of 40.3C, 40.2C and 40.5C during the previous three days. This was Penrith's first four day spell over 40 degrees on records going back to 1995.

Today's achievement comes after Penrith registered a sweltering maximum temperature of 47.3 degrees on Sunday 7th January.

This was the site's hottest day on record, the hottest day anywhere in Sydney since 1939 and the highest maximum temperature recorded anywhere in the world on that day.

While the rest of this week will be slightly cooler than the past few days, temperatures in western Sydney will reach the mid to high thirties right through until at least Sunday.

- Weatherzone

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