Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 5:01:14 pm
SYDNEY -- Dangerous heat is roasting parts of Australia with temperatures that haven't been seen in decades. The temperature in Sydney hit an almost 80-year high of 47.3 degrees Celsius, or 117 Fahrenheit, on Sunday -- a sharp contrast to the bitter cold that has gripped much of the U.S.
The temperature was just shy of the city's all-time high of 47.8 C (118 F), set in 1939.
New South Wales Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn said the state's heat wave plan had been activated to respond to "severe to extreme heat conditions."