Record heat takes a breakMonday January 14, 2013 - 08:41 EDT
It has been a weekend of record setting temperatures in the Hunter, with one Upper Hunter community sweating through its hottest day in 20 years.
Temperatures peaked in the mid-forties throughout much of the region on Saturday, before a cool change and thunderstorms moved in yesterday afternoon.
Weatherzone Meteorologist Brett Dutschke says for many residents the heat will have been memorable.
"Scone reached 44.2, the hottest day in at least 20 years," he said.
"Cessnock reached 43.9 degrees and that was the hottest January day in at least 20 years, while both Tocal and Murrurundi also had their hottest January days in at least 40 years."
But the sweltering conditions have eased and locals can expect some cool relief for much of this week.
Parts of the Upper Hunter received some much needed wet weather yesterday, with Scone recording about 20 mm of rain.
The change is due to a substantial amount of cloud that is developing inland, spurred on by the tropical activity occurring off the north-western coast of Western Australia.
Mr Dutschke says the cooler temperatures that are being recorded over the Hunter region are likely to hang around for at least a few days.
"Friday looks like being the hottest day of the week, it'll get to at least the low forties," he said.
"But it's unlikely to be quite as hot as what it got to this last Saturday and then a cooler change will come through over the weekend."
© ABC 2013
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