Dani Milapinovic, 20, of Jerrabomberra cools down at Manuka Pool with Jon Kosteski, 22, of Queanbeyan. Photo: Melissa Adams
It is beginning to look a lot like summer as temperatures soar above 30 degrees in the capital.
Sunday reached a top of 33.4 degrees, sending Canberrans to pools, waterways or the air-conditioned comfort of a couch in front of the cricket.
It was the hottest day in almost 11 months, with the heat hitting interstate as well, according to Rebecca Kamitakahara from the Bureau of Meteorology.
''We've had some quite warm temperatures across most of NSW,'' she said. ''It's been particularly warm because of a high-pressure system sitting just east of us.''
In the past two years, Canberra has only sweltered through a handful of days above 30 degrees.
Sunday was the first time the capital has experienced temperatures of more than 30 degrees since February 25 and was almost 2 degrees hotter than the warmest November temperature last year, which reached 32.7 degrees on November 19. The highest November temperature on record for the capital is 39.9, recorded most recently three years ago on November 20, 2009.
Ms Kamitakahara said the heat was ''going to be sticking around'' well into the week, with the mercury expected to reach 34 degrees on Friday. Monday is set to record a top temperature of 31, followed by showers until Wednesday.