It was a very different scene to yesterday's deluge.
The cast of Modern Family were finally blessed with the co-operation of a sunny backdrop as filming went ahead this morning at Dawes Point Park, next to the Harbour Bridge.
Tourists wandering around Circular Quay today scored sightings of Sofia Vegara, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O'Neill and the full cast of Modern Family filming their Australian special.
The aftermath of Wednesday's downpour, however, meant the stars and crew had to suffer a full blast of a Sydney steambath from the oppressive humidity.
Despite the conditions, onlookers were rewarded with a sneak preview of the episode, with Phil Dunphy (Burrell) urging his family to join him on a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and later he suffers a rather nasty allergic reaction to Vegemite.
The plot line is centred around Phil, who claims to be part Aussie because his mother gave birth to him while she was here on a stopover. Following his mother's death last year, Phil brings his extended family to Oz in a bid to get in touch with his roots.
The dialogue was peppered with what presumably Americans think Australians sound like; a strangulated cockney 'accent' - "oooooiiiirrright moite". Vergara, meanwhile, was true to form with her over-pronounced Latino vowels; telling the rest of her family in a debate over the local cuisine: "I don't eeeeeeet anything unless I know what's eeen eeet."
Crew members held large umbrellas to shield the actors between shots, while props such as ice-cream cones were made out of putty-like material to avoid melting, and Nolan Gould, who plays young Luke Dunphy, complained that three layers of sunscreen still hadn't stopped him burning.
Filming commenced at 8am and by mid-morning there was a sizeable crowd of bemused onlookers, a few security guards futilely asking people not to take photos, paparazzi and the occasional disgruntled jogger irritated at having to divert around the crew.
The actors were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about filming in Australia, however.
Young co-stars Gould and Rodriguez, both 15, gushed effusively about their time in Sydney since arriving earlier this week.
"We almost didn't turn up to work today, just because we were having so much fun," joked Rodriguez. "But we have to work - and then we're going back to play."
Play so far has included Manly Sea Aquarium and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour.
Gould said he'd been impressed by the good nature of Aussies. "People are so nice here," he said. "I want to take all of LA and ship them down to Sydney and let the people of Australia teach them some manners."
Co-creator and director-writer Steven Levitan said Australia's characteristics in land and people had made it a very attractive choice for filming - and hopefully would connect with US audiences.
"It's a great way to get a sense of what Australia has to offer. We're trying to be very Australia-friendly and paint a nice picture. There's enough beauty and people are so nice, we're just trying to capture all of that, what a family might do if they were to come here."
He also added they had asked Cate Blanchett to appear in a cameo role, as she shared the same flight out as him from Los Angeles, but the timings had not worked out. Other cameos include Rhys Darby, who plays a Kiwi talk-show host, and Point Break actor Peter Phelps, who plays a hardy Crocodile Dundee-type character.
As well as filming around Sydney, the production will shift to Hayman Island and the Great Barrier Reef for two days next week, where the star spotting will surely continue.
Even last night, while all eyes were planted firmly on Bruce Springsteen at Sydney's Allphones Arena, a few sneaky glances rewarded sightings of Stonestreet near the stage.
Arriving late (and leaving before the end), Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker in the sitcom, spent the night Instagramming the crowd, especially when it erupted to Springsteen's cover of INXS's Don't Change. Later, with the house lights up, he could be seen dancing enthusiastically with his companions to the 1985 hit Dancing in the Dark.
Fellow Modern Family star Vergara chose to watch the concert from more lofty (and private) heights, posting a picture with her beau Nick Loeb on her WhoSay account.
Seated next to Stonestreet was Kiwi comic (and newly-minted Modern Family co-star) Rhys Darby, while The Project's Peter Helliar and radio jock Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann were perched not far behind, and had smiles a mile wide for the whole of Springsteen's show.
@ericstonestreet I may have held eye contact for slightly longer than I intended to at Springsteen last night sir. Hopefully not too creepy!— PETER HELLIAR (@pjhelliar) February 20, 2014
The episode will reach 125 million viewers worldwide when it is first broadcast and tourism stakeholders such as Qantas, which has been heavily involved in bringing the production here, will be hoping the show will provide a similar boost to international visitors as seen with the Ellen and Oprah local productions.
- with Louise Rugendyke