At 3:40pm the temperature reached 41.7C at Penrith, 40.1C at Holsworthy and 40C at Bankstown.
Regional communities also experienced temperatures above 40C.
It was 41C at Condobolin Airport at 3:30pm, 40.3C at Cobar and Bourke, 40.1C at Cowra and 40C at Forbes.
Temperatures also climbed into the high 30s in several other areas around the state.
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Published by: ABC News 25/02/2016