This paper presents a design concept and a prototype of a polyimide-coated Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) thermal sensor system based on a fast scan tunable laser source (up to 1 kHz sensing frequency). This system was deployed to perform a comprehensive 2-D real-time radial and axial thermal profiling of an electromagnetic coil - the short duty cycle electric machine (EM) windings. The thermal measurements were performed using an equivalent prototype consisting of an FBG interrogator, a multi-FBG string temperature sensor, power resistors (thermal objects), and conventional thermocouples used for measurement comparison. The FBG measurements of copper windings were subsequently carried out using a copper coil with FBG sensors system to map the radial and axial temperature distribution of the coil. The experimental results show that Polyimide-coated FBG sensor can be used for multi-point temperature monitoring of electromagnetic coils with a sensing temperature range of 20-200°C, a spatial resolution of 6cm, and a measurement error of ± 2%. The obtained thermal maps can be used for the identification of hot spot locations in electromagnetic coil systems.