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What we learned today, Saturday 9 December

And with that, we are going to put the blog to bed. Before we go, let’s recap the big headlines:

Thank you for spending part of your day with us. We will be back tomorrow to do it all again.

Peter Hannam

Peter Hannam

Sydney airport reaches record high temperature

A little bit more context on the temperatures in Sydney today …

Sydney airport recorded 43.5C at 1.01pm. That’s a December record, beating 43.2C, set in 1994.

Records go back to 1929 at that location, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Sydney’s 40.0C at Observatory Hill was toasty but not so close to challenging the December record of 42.2C set in 1957.

There are now 85 bushfires burning across New South Wales, up from 71 at 1pm.

As at 4pm there are 85 fires burning in NSW, 38 of which are yet to be contained. With hot north-westerly winds driving temperatures up across most of the state, our crews are facing challenging conditions. A big thank you to all our members working on days like this. pic.twitter.com/a6eDvwMN11

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) December 9, 2023

Severe storm warning issued for parts of NSW

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for parts of the New South Wales south coast and Snowy Mountains:



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