Total Fire Ban declared for Friday
The NSW Rural Fire Service has declared a Total Fire Ban for Friday, with temperatures to soar to the high 30s.
A top of 37 degrees has been forecast for Maitland tomorrow and winds are also expected to pick up, reaching speeds of 40km/h.
There won’t be much change on Saturday, however temperatures are due to ease for the start of next week.
Cessnock is in for a high of 36 on Friday and 37 on Saturday.
The weekend conditions mark the first heatwave of the season and have prompted NSW Ambulance to issue a warning, with the effects likely to be felt more acutely as the heat has come off the back of a mild spell.
“It’s important that people are alert to the symptoms associated with heat exhaustion in themselves or others, especially young children and the elderly,” Chief Superintendent Alan Morrison said.
“These include nausea, faintness, dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness, headache, and vomiting.
“Heat can kill which is why it’s so important to stay hydrated and look out for the elderly the young and pets.”
From the beginning of December 2017 to the end of March 2018, NSW paramedics treated almost 4500 people for dehydration and responded to 227 people suffering from heat exhaustion.