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30 July 2017

Sydney weather breaks July record

SYDNEYSIDERS would be forgiven for thinking they’re on the verge of Summer. And now, the results are in — and today’s temps have broken a record.

Sydney is enjoying unseasonably warm weather this weekend. Picture: AAP IMAGE/ Danny Aarons.

SYDNEYSIDERS would be forgiven for thinking they’re on the verge of Summer.

Despite a chilly start to the weekend on Saturday, temperatures around the metro region have broken previous records on Sunday – with the mercury hitting 26 degrees just after 1pm today.

The old record was set in 1990, when temps reached 25.9 degrees.

Sydney has already seen a warmer than average winter this year, with the average temperature for July sitting at 18.7C — up more than 2 degrees on last year.

On Saturday, much of the city was blanketed with smoke due to hazard reduction burns ahead of the state’s fire season.

According to Weatherzone, Penrith in Sydney’s west peaked at 27.8C today at 1.20pm, while it reached 26.7C in Cambelltown just before 2pm.

Sydney enjoyed unseasonably warm weather on Sunday.

Sydney enjoyed unseasonably warm weather on Sunday.Source:News Corp Australia

But while Sydney is basking in the sun, other parts of the country have been battered with strong winds and wild weather conditions over the weekend.

Melbourne was battered on Saturday with strong wind conditions. Picture: David Crosling

Melbourne was battered on Saturday with strong wind conditions. Picture: David CroslingSource:News Corp Australia

In Victoria, wind gusts of 130km/h swept through the state on Saturday, prompting severe weather warnings to be issued around Victoria as a strong cold front made way for the southwest parts of the state.

The races at Caulfield were called off shortly before 2.30pm due to the strong winds.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Keris Arndt said the winds across Melbourne were some of the worst conditions of the year.

For those lapping up the sunshine in Sydney, expect an unwelcome change on Monday — with the mercury set to dip to 20 degrees — and a high chance of rain to fall mid-morning.

News.com.au contacted the NSW Bureau or Meteorology for comment.

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