BALMY temperatures blew into several Hunter towns yesterday ahead of strong winds and a wet night.
Several parts of the region reached peaks of 30 degrees or above before rain blew over the region, including Cessnock, Williamtown and Tocal.
Newcastle reached a top of 27 degrees.
Weatherwatch meteorologist Anthony Cornelius said the unseasonal warmth pegged the day as one of the hottest for months.
‘‘It’s definitely one of the warmer days since autumn,’’ Mr Cornelius said.
Windy conditions caused headaches for some Hunter commuters during the day, with trains on the Newcastle and Central Coast line diverted in Sydney as a result of falling trees damaging power lines.
The heavy wind, which the Bureau of Meteorology warns could reach up to 60km/h with gusts approaching 100km/h, is also expected to sweep through the region today.
Mr Cornelius says the wind is being pushed into the region as a cool change moves from western NSW towards the coast.