It may only be September, but Canberra got a taste of summer on Saturday as the city smashed a 52-year-old temperature record.
The city recorded its hottest ever September day, with the mercury rising to a top of 30.2 degrees just after 3pm.
The temperature exceeded the initial forecast of 29 degrees, with the maximum being 1.2 degrees above the previous highest September temperature recorded in 1965.
Ashleigh Lange from the Bureau of Meteorology said the recent warm weather in the capital is due to a large front in western NSW.
"Ahead of this front are all of these warm and strong north-westerly winds which have been dragging heat from central Australia," she said.
"It's also bringing really dry conditions, which is bad fire weather as well."
The hot and windy conditions saw 94 bushfires across NSW on Saturday, including an out-of-control blaze north of Marulan which forced the closure of the Hume Highway in both directions just after midday.
Several residents near Hanging Rock were told to evacuate as the fire was upgraded to 'Emergency', before it was downgraded to a 'watch and act'.
Large parts of NSW recorded very high or severe levels of fire dangers, with 12 total fire bans in effect.
A further eight fire bans will be in place on Sunday.
While Canberra notched up record temperatures, so did other parts of NSW.
Wilcannia Airport topped 40 degrees, the first time the state has gone above 40 degrees in September.
However, don't expect the summer-like conditions to stick around for long.
Sunday is expected to reach a top of 21 degrees and windy with the chance of showers.
"As the front moves through, you'll get a change in the wind as well," Ms Lange said.
The rest of the week will see Canberra reach maximums in the late teens, dropping to a low of just 2 degrees on Tuesday.
Showers are expected from Wednesday until Saturday.