Severe weather warning issued after Sydney temperature hits record high of 45.8 degrees
- Mercury peaks at 45.8 degrees
- Major delays across train services
- Monorail sparks grass fire
A severe weather warning has been issued for Sydney, just hours after the city registered its hottest day on record.
The warning for heavy rain and damaging winds was also issued for the NSW Central Tablelands and parts of the Hunter, Illawarra and Central West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.
The record heat across the city triggered multiple failures on Sydney’s train system as steel wires buckled and a hose used to run a key signalling system melted.
There have been at least three equipment failures on the CityRail network on Thursday afternoon, triggering widespread delays across the city as train commuters swelter in air-conditioned and non-airconditioned carriages.
The snow is coming from all directions – severe weather warning
Much of Britain is expected to be brought to a standstill today by a 40–hour snowstorm. Follow all the latest weather and travel updates live.
• Britain facing 40-hour ‘snowstorm’ with falls of up to 12in
• Families stay home as thousands of schools close
• Authorities warn of only essential travel amid chaos
• Train passengers stranded as rail networks shut down
• Flights cancelled as passengers sit in airports
• Panic buying hits supermarkets as shelves cleared
Passengers who are hoping to fly out of London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports today are being urged to check their flights are still able to get off the ground.
A statement on Gatwick’s website read: “Snow is expected at Gatwick this morning and during the course of today.
“Please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport. Allow extra time for your journey to Gatwick as road and rail networks may be impacted.”
Around 70 flights were cancelled at London’s Heathrow Airport.
The snow is now in the Greater London area, and millions of commuters have already completed their journeys into work, raising questions about how they will get home tonight.
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