"SYDNEY started the new year with a near-record January temperature, 44.2 degrees, as soaring heat and strong wind fanned bushfires. The mercury at Sydney's official weather station at Observatory Hill stopped rising at 4.24pm just short of the previous record, 45.3 degrees, registered on January 14, 1939." - Daily Telegraph
The hottest temprature in New South Wales was 47 degrees celcius (116.6 Fahrenheit). The airport and most of Sydney lived a majority of the day in 45 degree celcius (113 Fahrenheit) heat, with 70%+ humidity. Second hottest day since Federation (1901).