POLL, GALLERY: It's going to be hot today

THE Hunter Valley is sweltering. Maitland and Cessnock reached 40 yesterday while Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone all hit 41.

FLIPPING OUT: Bayley Squires, 14, of New Lambton, and Ayden Moffatt, 15, of Wickham, cool of from the heat by diving into water at Newcastle.   Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

FLIPPING OUT: Bayley Squires, 14, of New Lambton, and Ayden Moffatt, 15, of Wickham, cool of from the heat by diving into water at Newcastle. Picture by SIMONE DE PEAK.

COOL MOVE: Matt Shore, from Nelson Bay, and Teresa Bridgeman, of Muswellbrook, enjoy  a dip in the river at Aberdeen. Picture by Peter Stoop

COOL MOVE: Matt Shore, from Nelson Bay, and Teresa Bridgeman, of Muswellbrook, enjoy a dip in the river at Aberdeen. Picture by Peter Stoop

COOL MOVE: Matt Shore, from Nelson Bay, and Teresa Bridgeman, of Muswellbrook, enjoy  a dip in the river at Aberdeen. Picture by Peter Stoop

COOL MOVE: Matt Shore, from Nelson Bay, and Teresa Bridgeman, of Muswellbrook, enjoy a dip in the river at Aberdeen. Picture by Peter Stoop

COOL MOVE: Matt Shore, from Nelson Bay, and Teresa Bridgeman, of Muswellbrook, enjoy  a dip in the river at Aberdeen. Picture by Peter Stoop

COOL MOVE: Matt Shore, from Nelson Bay, and Teresa Bridgeman, of Muswellbrook, enjoy a dip in the river at Aberdeen. Picture by Peter Stoop

COOL MOVE: Matt Shore, from Nelson Bay, and Teresa Bridgeman, of Muswellbrook, enjoy  a dip in the river at Aberdeen. Picture by Peter Stoop

COOL MOVE: Matt Shore, from Nelson Bay, and Teresa Bridgeman, of Muswellbrook, enjoy a dip in the river at Aberdeen. Picture by Peter Stoop

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

COASTING ALONG: Kite surfers and bathers took to the sea at Newcastle and Nobbys Beach in drove to escape the heat. Picture by Jonathan Carroll

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.