Thousands of people flocked to beaches like Bronte, Bondi and Manly, to make the most of the sun's rays, on the hottest day of spring so far.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said earlier this morning that being outdoors is the "safest place to be", after the state recorded 1599 new local COVID-19 cases today.
Outdoor activities are known to pose a very minimal risk in virus transmission, prompting crowds to flock to the coast in droves.
In Sydney's metro, temperatures hit 29 degrees by lunchtime while in the city's west, Penrith recorded 30 degrees by 1pm.
Mr Hazzard was asked on whether he holds concerns over beachgoers turning out in crowds at today's media conference, but said that outside activities are safe.
"No, I am concerned about people who are not vaccinated," he said.
"Fresh air we know is the safest place to be at the present time."
A raft of lockdown measures currently in place have been tightened by authorities in a bid to combat people entering beachside suburbs from outside of their LGA.
Checkpoints have been put in place along major roads in Bondi, with police out in full force to check drivers' licenses to ensure people aren't straying further than 5km from their home.
The hot weather is expected again tomorrow, but will trial off by the afternoon and becoming rainy with a noticeably cool change by Monday.
Rain is forecast for the majority working week, with sunny conditions expected to return again on Friday.