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An Australian suburb was the hottest place on Earth yesterday
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The suburb of Penrith in Sydney, Australia isn't a hot destination for tourists, but it was a searing place — temperature wise at least — on Sunday. Penrith hit a 80-year high with temps of 47.3 degrees Celsius (117.14 degrees Fahrenheit) at 3:25 p.m., just shy of missing the area's record high set in 1939. SEE ALSO: Eastern U.S. shivers through 'stupid cold' temperatures after the 'bomb cyclone' It's a far different situation to the "stupid-level cold" the U.S. is experiencing, thanks to the bomb cyclone wreaking havoc along the country's eastern seaboard.  #SydneyHeat: Sorry, in our earlier checks we missed a 47.8 degrees C temperature recorded at an old #Richmond station (now closed) in 1939. 47.3 today still beats the previous #Penrith record. — Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) January 7, 2018 According to a map published by the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, Penrith was the world's hottest place on Sunday. Penrith, NSW, was the world's hottest place today (47.3C)....but the most above average was the Arctic north of Finland, which really shouldn't be above -or anywhere near- 0C at this time of year.https://t.co/RUfF9O19u3 pic.twitter.com/npgaCEHChz — Andrew B Watkins (@windjunky) January 7, 2018 While most people took cover from the sweltering heat, the show went on for the city's various sporting events. A cricket match between Australia and England went on, even as temperatures hit 57.6 degrees Celsius in the middle of the Sydney Cricket Ground. A heat stress tracker displays a temperature of 57.6 degrees celsius in the middle of the SCG during day four of the Fifth #Ashes Test #gettyimages #gettysport #cricket #weather #heat #hot #sydney pic.twitter.com/xPpu0pFIuS — Ryan Pierse (@RyanPierse) January 7, 2018 French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic retired from her match at the Sydney International tournament due to heat stress, handing a win to her Australian wildcard competitor Ellen Perez. According to the Daily Telegraph, three courtside cameras shut down in the extreme heat. Count your lucky stars that you weren't working in these temperatures. 43degrees but probably 50 on court when startedI’m sorry to the fans. I think it’s 1st time in my career I retired a match..it says it all — Kristina Mladenovic (@KikiMladenovic) January 7, 2018 WATCH: This water bottle will make sure you're never dehydrated read more
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