Residents – especially in regional areas – throughout the country are being told to be prepared for the worst, as the Bureau of Meteorology announced records weren’t limited to Sydney.

They said in a statement that records had be set along the east coast “from Bega (44.6 °C) to Williamtown (44.8 °C)”.

“The highest temperature recorded in the Greater Sydney Area was 46.5 °C at Penrith, where observations started in 1995,” the BOM said.

The weather has been so intense recently that the BOM has added a new shade to its colour-coded temperature chart for when readings soar over 50 degrees.

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Our sister magazine TNT Downunder posted this photo from Sydney’s Big Day Out festival on their Facebook page – the scene was described as “f**king hot, 43 degrees” 

Emergency services have told people to be sun smart, stay indoors or in the shade and avoid strenuous activity, although predictably the beaches were packed.

ABC News reports that emergency services have had calls for heat-related health issues, including dizziness, fainting and vomiting.

Meanwhile, the NSW and Victoria Fire Brigades continue to battle dozens of blazes sparked by the extreme heat.

Storms were expected overnight.

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