The western suburbs of Sydney have sweltered through the hottest October on record.
Sydney as a whole experienced its second hottest on record since 1988.
WeatherZone’s Rob Sharpe said the hot, dry October sun, followed record-breaking temperatures in winter and September.
‘‘The Sydney suburbs of Richmond, Prospect, Parramatta and Badgerys Creek all had their warmest October in terms of day time temperatures in their history,’’ Mr Sharpe said.’’
The average temperature for October was 27.8 degrees, 4.1 degrees above the long-term average at Prospect.
In Parramatta, the monthly average was 27 degrees, 3.2 degrees above average.
The highest temperature of the month at the Prospect weather station was 36.8 degrees, 13.1 degrees above average.
The highest temperature at Parramatta was 37 degrees, 13.2 degrees above average.
Mr Sharpe said the hot, dry weather stretched across NSW and Queensland.
Pospect Dam received 9.7mm of rainfall for the month, far below the long-term average of 59.1mm.
A little more than 14mm of rain fell at Parramatta, also short of the 69.2mm monthly average.
‘‘In terms of rainfall, both NSW and Queensland fared poorly with barely a location recording more than the long term average,’’ Mr Sharpe said.
‘‘Looking ahead to November and heat will continue to build, as storms become more prevalent.
‘‘Rainfall is still unfortunately likely to be below average for most of each state.’’