Fairfield records second hottest day since 1997

Fairfield recorded its second hottest day in 20 years on Saturday as temperatures soared to 44.5 degrees.

It was just shy of the hottest day since 1997, set back on January 18 in 2013 which reached 44.9 degrees, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

It formed part of a two-day heatwave with Friday’s temperature reaching 43.8 degrees. To put it in to perspective, last year’s two day temperature total for the same two days was 59.5 degrees –  almost 29 degrees cooler than Friday and Saturday.

Before Friday, NSW had never had a February day above 42 degrees, based on averaged maximums in the state.

The state cleared that mark with 42.4 degrees on Friday and Saturday's average temperature leapt even higher, touching 44.02 degrees.

Remarkably the temperature on Saturday didn’t peak until 6.30pm after reaching 30 degrees at 10.30am.

At 11.30pm it was still a balmy 25 degrees.

The extreme temperatures saw Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Association cancel all games on Saturday.

Cricket NSW also cancelled all grades of Premier Cricket. All games will be played as one-day fixtures on Saturday, including Fairfield Liverpool’s clash with Manly.

Fairfield City’s water park Aquatopia proved a popular way for residents to cool down with day and twilight sessions taken advantage of.

After rare below-average days for what is likely to Sydney's hottest summer on record earlier in the week, temperatures are expected to climb back to the 30s for three days from Thursday, the bureau said.

So far in February, maximum temperatures are running more than four degrees above average, with similar anomalies for overnight conditions.

This warm month follows Sydney's second-hottest December and hottest January in records that go back to 1858, the bureau data shows.

The South Western Sydney Local Health District said they had one minor heat-related admission.