After Sydney was officially deemed the hottest place on earth on Sunday when it reached 47.3 degrees, conditions returned in a similar fashion on Monday.
Around the Hunter, maximum temperatures on Sunday of: 42.7 degrees at Williamtown, 43 at Maitland and 43.5 in Singleton, were followed on Monday with 36.5, 40.1 and 41.8 degree readings respectively.
The region didn’t quite hit the peaks it did 24 hours earlier, but was still feeling the pinch as Merriwa and Cessnock pushed through the 40-degree mark.
Thunderstorms were expected to roll through on Monday afternoon with showers set to reoccur throughout the week.
#Forecast for Tuesday: There is the potential for severe #thunderstorm activity across much of the State, which could include large hail and damaging winds. Details at https://t.co/5SELAyNAnc#NSWWeather#SydneyWeatherpic.twitter.com/7Na3QOTXcA— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) January 8, 2018
The Hunter had a ‘severe’ fire danger rating on Monday and a total fire ban was in place.
That rating was expected to lower to ‘very high’ for Tuesday and the ban was expected to be removed.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology at 5:41pm on Monday afternoon, which is “likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours”.
The warning included Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong and much of Central West NSW and the South Coast.