A total fire ban has been issued in NSW for Sunday as the state continues to brew from furnace-like conditions commonly reserved for the peak of summer.
National Parks and Wildlife Services said most hiking trails and some beaches would be closed from midnight Saturday as a precaution.
“ Starting at midnight tonight and as long as the total fire ban is in effect, most tracks, trails and remote campsites in Sydney’s national parks will be closed, ” said NPWS Greater Sydney Director Deon van Rensburg, Nine news reported.
“The hot conditions are not only a serious fire hazard, but also draw crowds to the beaches in our coastal parks and we must take all measures to keep these areas COVID safe.”
People flocked to Bronte Beach (pictured above) on Saturday to escape the relentless heat wave
National Parks and Wildlife Services said most hiking trails and some beaches would be closed from midnight Saturday as a precaution. The Royal Coast Track, which provides access to Wedding Cake Rock and Figure 8 Pools (pictured), is closing
The Royal Coast Track, which provides access to Wedding Cake Rock and Figure 8 Pools, will be closed, as will Lady Carrington Drive in the Royal National Park and the Great North Walk north of Sydney.
Wattamolla in the Royal National Park and The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park remain open, but are expected to fill up by the start of the day.
By 10:00 AM on Saturday, the temperature had already reached 34 ° C in some parts of Sydney, while Penrith in the west of the city exceeded 40 ° C.
The highest temperature recorded was at the airport, an energy that was 41.7 degrees Celsius.
No delay is expected until Sunday evening, with the mercury expected to rise again past 39 ° C.
Weatherwatch’s Don White said if Sydney’s Observatory Hill hit 39 ° C on Sunday, it would be the hottest few days in 60 years. news.com.au reported.
“If we had 39 again tomorrow, it would be the first time we’ve had two days of 39 degrees or more since 1960,” he said.
Saturday night will bring only minimal relief, with night lows expected to be above 24C.
Bondi Beach (pictured above) was teeming with people wanting to swim on Saturdays
The Bureau of Meteorology said Saturday night “would be hot and awful for a lot of people.”
Tonight it is unlikely that Sydney will fall below 25 degrees. Dubbo 26C, Cobar 30C, Gosford 25C, Tibooburra 30C, Canberra 20C, ‘the agency tweeted.
A southern buster is expected to roar along the coast on Sundays around 6pm, dropping temperatures as low as 20C.
In ominous news, temperatures in NSW are tipped again on Tuesday to rise again on Tuesday as heat waves surround the interior.
The NSW National Fire Department also issued a serious fire hazard warning to parts of NSW on Sunday.
The RFS (pictured above) has issued a fire ban for Sunday ahead of another blazing day predicted by weather experts
‘Severe fire hazards are expected for Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney Region and North Western, with very high fire hazards forecast for Illawarra / Shoalhaven, Central Ranges, New England and Northern Slopes tomorrow Sunday, November 29,’ RFS said .
‘From midnight on, there is a total fire ban in these areas. Check and review your forest fire survival plan. ‘
Conditions were equally harsh on the interstate, with South Australia following a scorching Friday with a very warm Saturday after temperatures in Port Augusta hit 46 ° C.
Victoria also feels the heat, with temperatures in Mildura reaching 45 ° C on Saturdays.
The water at Bondi Beach (pictured above) was the place to be as people took refuge from the heat waves