March might mark the beginning of autumn, at least according to the calendar, but Sydney's weather isn't playing along. More than halfway through a month that usually enjoys an average temperature of 25 degrees, the mercury is set to hit 40 in parts of the city today.
That's the top temp listed by the Bureau of Meteorology — a forecast that has been rising over the past 24 hours after Saturday's temperature made it to a maximum of 32 degrees. If the thermometer does soar that high, or even up to 38, it'll put Sydney in historic territory. Weatherzone reports that it'd be the city's hottest day this late in the season for 78 years, with one of its meteorologists telling the Sydney Morning Heraldthat such levels have only been reached eight times in March in the past 159 years.
#Sydney’s forecast has been bumped up to 38C on Sunday. This would be the city’s hottest day this late in the season for 78 years. ☀️
Accordingly, anyone looking forward to cooler temps after a particularly long, hot summer — one that saw the city experience its second hottest day ever, in fact — will need to wait a little longer. Indeed, finding somewhere frosty to spend the day, whether in air-conditioning or in a well-shaded pool, is recommended. Unsurprisingly, a total fire ban has been issued for greater Sydney and beyond.