Sydney's dog days not over yet

It's been a patchy weekend with more than a few spots of rain but with temperatures set to stay above 20 degrees this week, the dog days are not quite over for Sydney.

The city survived the hottest year on record in the 12 months to Saturday. And according to a Climate Council report to be released on Monday, the past 24 months recorded the hottest average temperatures in Australian history.

''We have just had an abnormally warm autumn, off the back of another very hot 'angry summer','' Australian National University professor Will Steffen said.

It's been a record-breaking month, with Sydney registering 19 consecutive days of 22 degrees or above - 10 days longer than the previous record.

Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide also broke records for the number of consecutive days of 20 degrees or above, with Sydney reaching 28 days, Melbourne 13 days and Adelaide 16 days.

Sydney's skies will mainly stay clear during the week, with maximum temperatures between 20 and 22 degrees, according to the weather bureau.

''We've got rain in the eastern half of the state and very isolated thunderstorms on the coast. Showers and rain will persist [on Monday] but will clear by the afternoon,'' the Bureau of Meteorology's Peter Zmijewski said.

The story Sydney's dog days not over yet first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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