Temperature hits all-time record in Sydney amid searing heatwave
SYDNEY (AFP) - Temperatures in Sydney on Friday hit their highest levels since records began 150 years ago, after an Australian government agency warned of more frequent and intense heatwaves in the future.
While a vicious cold snap has recently hit Russia and eastern Europe and the Middle East has suffered its worst winter storm in a decade, Australian firefighters were battling scores of wildfires in stifling summer heat.
In Sydney, Australia's biggest city, the temperature smashed the previous hottest recorded temperature peaking at 45.8 degrees Celsius. The old record, of 45.3 C, was set in January 1939.
"It's a historic day for Sydney," Weather Channel meteorologist Dick Whitaker said.