Lapping up a long weekend of more golden sunshine

BATHED IN LIGHT: Surfers make the most of the warm spring days delivered as high pressure systems repel rain. Picture: Dave Anderson
BATHED IN LIGHT: Surfers make the most of the warm spring days delivered as high pressure systems repel rain. Picture: Dave Anderson

The long weekend curse appears to have missed the Hunter for the start of October, with pristine days predicted to linger on.

Clouds will begin to gather over the Hunter next week after a golden stretch of sunshine across the region. But the balmy temperatures the region has enjoyed are going nowhere, matched instead by crisp nights as the seasonal change takes hold. 

High temperatures will stick to the mid to low 20s until at least Thursday, with evening chills of 12 degrees forecast for Sunday and Monday despite warm days. 

Temperatures will be more extreme inland, with the mercury nearing 30 degrees in the Upper Hunter while minimum temperatures linger in the low single digits around Scone, Maitland and Muswellbrook.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Rosemary Barr said the rain potentially bound for the Hunter in the next few days was unlikely to bring relief to the parched parts of the region.

Falls would likely be inconsistent and scattered, she said, with a 30 per cent chance of showers on the coast on Monday. 

“Rainfall like this is liable to be fairly patchy,” Ms Barr said. “The Hunter is sort of catching the edge of this system.”

High-pressure systems over the Hunter have been delivering hot dry days, with the lack of moisture due to those conditions funneling air out of Australia’s arid centre towards the coast.

“These hot, dry north-westerlies are typically associated with a high pressure system,” Ms Barr said on Friday.  

Firefighters were tackling three blazes near Dungog on Friday, including containing the Main Creek fire that began after a lightning strike earlier this week.