Australia news live: NSW set to swelter again as Victoria gets heatwave reprieve

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And welcome to another Guardian live blog.

A heatwave extending right across the country is expected to peak on Sunday with temperatures forecast to peak in the low 40s across parts of New South Wales. Sydney is expected to reach 32C with parts of western Sydney approaching 42C, while Victoria can expect a cooler day after temperatures hit the high 30s on Saturday. Across a large stretch of the rest of the country, temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s are expected.

The NSW Liberal premier Dominic Perrottet will hold a rally in the western Sydney suburb of Penrith on Sunday in an effort to shore up votes in the marginal seat. Former prime minister John Howard is expected to attend the event being held six days out from voting day, with the seat currently held by Stuart Ayres who holds its with a 0.6% margin.

I’m Royce Kurmelovs, taking the blog through the day. With so much going on out there, it’s easy to miss stuff, so if you spot something happening in Australia and think it should be on the blog, you can find me on Twitter at @RoyceRk2 where my DMs are open.

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