THE Hunter Valley is sweltering. Maitland and Cessnock reached 40 yesterday while Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone all hit 41.
And it could be even hotter today.
Those unlucky enough to work outdoors were hard pressed to keep hydrated as many residents headed for backyard pools, rivers and the ocean.
Apprentice landscaper Brent Cotterill, from Booral, said he had to do the majority of the heavy lifting while working in Cessnock.
‘‘I’m not looking forward to working over summer if it’s going to be that hot,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ll be going to the beach tomorrow that’s for sure.’’
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Mother Nature treated the coastal spots more kindly with Nobbys Head a rather mild 26, although Newcastle University hit 36.
Weatherwatch meteorologist David Sercombe said similar conditions would strike today.
‘‘There will be widespread 40-degree temperatures from Maitland westwards,’’ he said.
‘‘It is going to be much cooler on the coast, about 34, because of the sea breeze factor.
The heatwave is expected to end for coastal regions tomorrow as a wind change brings cooler conditions.
Mr Sercombe said Newcastle would go back to the mid-20s and inland towns would be in the mid-30s.
‘‘There’s a southerly change coming through about midday and showers will be widespread along the coast,’’ he said.