Sydney has broken its second longest mild spell, hitting 30 degrees in the city for the first time in almost a year.
The harbourside city hadn’t seen a day this hot since February 21, 2022, a year that also saw the wettest year on record and third straight La Nina.
Ahead of hitting 30 degrees at 2.30pm, Weatherzone Meteorologist James Rout told Yahoo News it was "the second longest run of days below 30 degrees ever recorded".
The longest time the city failed to reach that high on the Observatory Hill thermometer was 140 years ago in December 1883 when Sydney went 339 days without a day over 30.
Heat in Sydney to be short-lived
Unfortunately the summer heat won’t last long with wild weather expected to hit Sydney on Wednesday night.
“There will be plenty of rain and thunderstorms coming through overnight, reaching Greater Sydney in the late afternoon and then pushing through into the city overnight, into the morning,” Mr Rout said.
After that, a southerly change is on the cards for Thursday morning.
“Those southerly winds will bring a relatively cool day with cloud and some showers lingering tomorrow,” the meteorologist continued, adding that Friday would be cloudy.
While in the southern parts of the state, Mr Rout warns thunderstorms could be “quite dangerous” with winds gusts of more than 90km/h and possibe heavy rain.
Stormy weather has wreaked havoc on the Australian Open tennis with rain interruptions on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Weather emergency continues in Queensland
Sydney’s heat peak comes while parts of Queensland remain underwater amid a record-breaking deluge.
More than a metre of rain has fallen in Finch Hatton in the Mackay Region while the Whitsundays have received more than 800mm in a week after a low-pressure system moved through.
While clean-up efforts have already begun in some areas, 13 flood warnings remained in place on Wednesday afternoon for rivers across central Queensland.
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