Feb 6, 2017

Sydney sweats through summer without peer as NSW records melt

Sydney NSW 2000
Australia
by
Peter Hannam
,
The Sydney Morning Herald
A warm dawn brought plenty of surfers and swimmers out on the Northern Beaches. Photo: Nick Moir
A warm dawn brought plenty of surfers and swimmers out on the Northern Beaches. Photo: Nick Moir

Sydney notched its second-hottest December in records going back to 1858, followed by its hottest ever January. This month's scorching start means only a sharp cooling will prevent more records being broken.

"It's a pretty safe bet it will be hottest summer on record for Sydney," Rob Sharpe, a meteorologist with Weatherzone, said.

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So far this summer, average daytime temperatures in Sydney are running about 3 degrees above average, while nighttime temperatures are about 2.5 degrees warmer than normal, he said.