Sydney experienced back-to-back above 37 degrees temperatures Photo: Louise Kennerley A Squirrel Monkey enjoys much welcomed rain following back-to-back above 37 degree temperatures. Photo: Peter Rae
Thursday’s clouds and rain saw temperatures drop a massive 18 degrees from the city’s back-to-back above 37 degrees days.
A maximum of 19 degrees was a welcomed cool change to Sydney’s record breaking heat.
Sydneysiders had a much more comfortable sleep on Wednesday night after tossing and turning through sweltering temperatures on Tuesday night – a minimum of 26.3 degrees saw the hottest December night recorded since 1868, breaking an almost 150 year record.
Weatherzone senior forecaster Graeme Britton said cloud cover across the city has kept temperatures low.
“We’re currently in a transition period between spring and summer so we’re experiencing weather between both seasons,” he said. “As we move more into summer we should see more stable temptertures.”
The cool weather is expected to run through to Friday before temperatures jump back into the 30s on Saturday with a possible thunderstorm and then dropping down to 22 degrees on Sunday.
Mr Britton said the up and down weather trend was not uncommon for this time of year and said people should take caution on Saturday, advising to keep hydrated.
“Even though it’ll be raining with a possible thunderstorm on Saturday, people should still keep hydrated as temperatures will be in the 30s,” he said.
The drop in temperature has also brought some relief for firefighters who battled about 50 blazes across the state.
Sydneysiders weren’t the only ones enjoying the cool weather change, with squirrel monkeys at Targona Zoo showing off their new jungle walk exhibit.
The rain didn’t deter the monkeys as they swung from ropes at Australia’s first squirrel monkey walk through which opened on Thursday.
The immersive exhibit allows visitors to observe the natural behaviours of squirrel monkeys, jumping from climbing towers, swinging ropes and playing in the water.
Renae Robinson, Targonga Zoo Primate Keeper said the opening of the exhibit was an exciting time for not only the zoo, but guest as well.
“These little animals are social creatures that spend their days foraging through the trees, resting in their huddles, playing and enjoying sunshine,” she said.
“There is so much activity in the group and their play is gorgeous to watch.”
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