Sydney to expect over 40 degree heat this weekend


hotThe Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is urging Sydneysiders to “check up on their elderly neighbours” on Sunday, with the mercury expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius in some parts of the city.

Several areas in Sydney’s west are predicted to swelter through the weekend, with highs of 45C in Penrith, 44C in Richmond and 43C in Liverpool, Blacktown and Campbelltown.

The CBD and eastern suburbs will not be immune, with the bureau warning temperatures in those areas could top 40C.

“Heatwaves can particularly affect vulnerable people, so the sick, the elderly and children,” BOM duty forecaster Rob Taggart said.

While the heatwave is not expected to break records, it could extend for several days in some areas of the state.

“Sea breezes should keep conditions fairly cool on Saturday,” he said.

“On Sunday that really hot air will come right through to the eastern suburbs as well.”

NSW Rural Fire Service inspector Ben Sheppard said total fire bans had not been imposed at this stage.

“It is still going to be risky,” he said.

“It is still going to be very hot and there are some light winds around, but also that’s going to be tempered by humidities that are a little bit higher.”