Prepare for a Hunter heatwave 

 THE Hunter is expected to feel the heat from southern Australia’s heatwave on Tuesday with forecasters predicting temperatures will hit 40 degrees region-wide.

WeatherWatch meteorologist Anthony Cornelius said Sunday and Monday's warm weather would be just a taste of things to come.

‘‘We have seen a lot of heat through much of central Australia and we’ve got plenty of westerly winds,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s going to drag all that heat to the Hunter Valley.’’

A southerly was expected to arrive some time on Tuesday or Wednesday, he said, bringing with it cooler temperatures.

‘‘Today is still going to be quite hot,’’ he said, in reference to Monday.

‘‘In terms of extreme heat, we’re going to get that Tuesday.’’

Westerly winds of up to 50km/h combined with extreme heat would also raise the fire danger, he said.

‘‘It’s certainly going to be a very bad fire day,’’ he said.

Mr Cornelius said there needed to be a series of hot days for the weather pattern to be considered a heatwave but said another roasting day was expected next Saturday.

The elderly, children and pets should be kept hydrated and in cool areas during extreme heat.

SUNDAY'S TOP TEMPS

Williamtown: 30

Tocal: 34

Scone: 36

Norah Head: 28

Nobbys Head: 25

Murrurundi: 31

Merriwa:36

Lake Macquarie: 28

Cessnock: 33

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