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Sydney saw 47.3C, Mount Washington freezing at -36C

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Thermometers in greater Sydney, Australia, touched 47.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday, nearly setting an all-time record.

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The high, 117.14 degrees Fahrenheit, marked the highest temperature ever recorded in the western suburb of Penrith, and the second-highest temperature recorded in greater Sydney. The near-record just missed topping the high of 47.8 Celsius recorded in the suburb of Richmond in 1939.

Inner Sydney didn't get quite as hot as the western suburbs. A high of 43.4 degree Celsius was recorded at Observatory Hill.

An afternoon breeze helped cool the city a few degrees. The winds are expected to move west, providing some relief to Penrith, Richmond and other suburbs to the west.

The Mount Washington Observatory in the U.S. on Saturday reported the summit tied for the second-coldest place on earth, according to a tweet from the observatory.

At minus 36 degrees, it was just 2 degrees from the coldest locations-Yakutsk, Russia, and Eureka, Nunavut-which recorded minus 38.

Windchill factor of 94 below zero makes Mount Washington feel colder than Mars, which measured at minus 78 degrees.

Along with extreme temperatures is wind at the summit, which is 6,288 above sea level. Saturday morning, wind gusts were upward of 100 miles per hour.

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