Total fire ban is issued for NSW as the state swelters through a blistering ...

A total fire ban has been issued in NSW for Sunday, as the state continues to swelter through furnace like conditions usually reserved for the peak of summer.

National Parks and Wildlife Services said most hiking paths and some beaches would be closed from midnight on Saturday as a precaution. 

'From midnight tonight and while the total fire ban is in place most tracks, trails and remote campgrounds in Sydney's national parks will be closed,' NPWS Greater Sydney Director Deon van Rensburg said, Nine News reported.

'The hot conditions not only bring about severe fire danger but also attract crowds to the beaches in our coastal parks and we must take all steps to continue to keep these areas COVID-safe.'

People flocked to Bronte Beach on Saturday (pictured above) to  escape the relentless heatwave

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People flocked to Bronte Beach on Saturday (pictured above) to  escape the relentless heatwave

National Parks and Wildlife Services said most hiking paths and some beaches would be closed from midnight on Saturday as a precaution. The Royal Coast Track, which includes access to Wedding Cake Rock and Figure 8 Pools (pictured) will be shut

National Parks and Wildlife Services said most hiking paths and some beaches would be closed from midnight on Saturday as a precaution. The Royal Coast Track, which includes access to Cake Rock and Figure 8 Pools (pictured) will be shut

The Royal Coast Track, which includes access to Cake Rock and Figure 8 Pools, will be shut as well as Lady Carrington Drive in the Royal National Park and the Great North Walk to the north of Sydney.  

Wattamolla in the Royal National Park and The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park will remain open but are expected to fill up at the beginning of the day.  

By 10am on Saturday, temperatures had already reached 34C in some parts of Sydney, with Penrith in the city's west exceeding 40C. 

The highest-recorded temperature was at the airport, an energy sapping 41.7C.

No respite is expected until Sunday evening, with the mercury expecting to climb past 39C again. 

Weatherwatch's Don

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