Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Hunter braces for scorching weekend

Thursday January 10, 2013 - 08:05 EDT
ABC image
A cool change that hit the Hunter overnight is not expected to last. - ABC

The fire danger for the Hunter has eased overnight but the threat is not over, with scorching temperatures on the way tomorrow.

It has been a week of blistering weather across the region with some parts recording their highest overnight temperatures in decades.

The Fire Danger rating for the Greater Hunter has been downgraded from 'severe' to 'high' but not before a blaze broke out near the Bayswater Power Station at Muswellbrook yesterday afternoon, impacting traffic on the New England Highway.

It took 30 volunteers just two hours to extinguish the fire.

Residents are being warned the worst of the heat wave is still to come with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a daytime maximum temperature tomorrow of 43 degrees, expected to increase to 45 degrees on Saturday.

Fire Permits remain suspended in the Upper Hunter.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Southern states swelter as power supply struggles

00:08 EDT

The power supply in Victoria and South Australia is being put to the test as five of the states and territories face an extreme heatwave, after temperatures in some areas hit 40 degrees Celsius.

Melbourne hits 42C before cool change as authorities defend 'heat kills' warnings

21:48 EDT

Melburnians — and the world's best tennis players — have battled through temperatures of about 42 degrees Celsius, as energy authorities curtailed some industrial users' power consumption and firefighters across Victoria stood on high alert.

Canberra braces for heatwave as temperatures expected to soar above 37C for four consecutive days

21:03 EDT

Canberrans are about to swelter through the weekend, with four consecutive days at or above 37 degrees Celsius.