Wide­spread heat­wave to hit by the week­end

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

A LOW-IN­TEN­SITY heat­wave is sweep­ing across the coun­try and will im­pact the North­ern Rivers to­wards the end of the week.

Ac­cord­ing to pre­dic­tions by the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy, this week parts of south-west­ern NSW will ex­pe­ri­ence close to record high tem­per­a­tures for this time of year.

NSW-ACT Me­te­o­rol­o­gist Anita Pyne said there is a lot of hot air mov­ing across in­land NSW from cen­tral Aus­tralia which will move north by the end of the week, leav­ing much of NSW suf­fer­ing from se­vere heat­wave con­di­tions.

North­ern Rivers’ tem­per­a­tures will be in the mid to high 30s, grad­u­ally heat­ing up by the week­end. High tem­per­a­tures will be ac­com­pa­nied by high hu­mid­ity.

A southerly change is pre­dicted, bring­ing cooler con­di­tions to the North­ern Rivers late Satur­day or Sun­day.

A heat­wave is de­fined by three or more day tem­per­a­tures higher than av­er­age as well as warm nights, so there is no respite from the heat.

Ms Pyne said heat­wave con­di­tions claim the most lives in Aus­tralia of any weather event, with the el­derly and sick most at risk.

She ad­vises keep­ing well hy­drated, stay­ing out of the heat and check­ing on your neigh­bours.

She said you should check con­di­tions be­fore ven­tur­ing out­side, mod­er­ate your ac­tiv­ity and be pre­pared.

Tem­per­a­tures are set to reach 41C in Casino on Satur­day, with a low of 19C.

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