Yesterday Sydney was the Hottest Place on Earth

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Temperatures reached record highs in the Australian city of Sydney on Sunday (Jan 7) as the city bore the brunt of a heatwave.

The high, 117.14 degrees Fahrenheit, marked the highest temperature ever recorded in the western suburb of Penrith, and the second-highest temperature recorded in greater Sydney.

This was surpassed by another record set at the Old Richmond Station at 47.8°C. A high of 43.4 degree Celsius was recorded at Observatory Hill.

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However, southerly winds providing some relief for the city and coastal regions won't penetrate too far west, with Penrith and Richmond still expected to reach 40C.

Australia is looking at a continuation of the hot weather, with a little rain toward the end of the week, according to most weather reports.

Power outages were reported throughout Sydney and north of the city on the Central Coast as the electricity grid struggled to cope with demand.

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Officials issued a fire ban for the region.

Tomorrow things are expected to be better as, according to the Meteorological Service, the temperature is expected to fluctuate to 40 degrees.

On Monday morning, the sporting world was rocked by the news that the captain of England's Cricket team had to be rushed to hospital after battling severe dehydration during the fourth day of the final test match against Australia in Sydney.

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