Forget putting the champagne on ice, you’re better off diving into the bucket yourself.
That’s the message from weather forecasters about the record-breaking heatwave that’s expected to hit NSW today (ok, they didn’t say that exactly, but you get the idea…).
As locals prepare for what is traditionally one of the biggest work Christmas party days of the year, a strong westerly wind is set to bring anything but tidings of joy to northern NSW.
‘We’ve got some very hot air that will be dragged from Central Australia into NSW over the course of the day,’ Elli Blandford from the Bureau of Meteorology said.
‘Temperatures will be up to the mid 40s for much of inland NSW… and even the coast will see temperatures in the high 30s.’
So potent will the desert winds be, that the record high temperature for December could take a tumble, with even the highest annual temperature record being given a shake
State wide fire ban until end of Saturday
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast unfavourable fire weather conditions over the coming days and into the weekend. With temperatures set to increase, a state wide Total Fire Ban has been declared and is in place until midnight Saturday 21 December.
‘With five major fires already in the Northern Rivers landscape, we need the community to do their bit by being extra careful over the coming days and ensuring you have done everything you can to prepare yourself, your family and your property,’ said the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) in a press release.
‘Remember, a well prepared property is more likely to survive a bush fire, regardless of whether it is actively defended or not. Even if your plan is to leave early, the more you prepare your home, the more likely it will survive a bush fire or ember attack. A well prepared home can also be easier for firefighters to defend, and is less likely to put your friend’s and neighbours’ homes at risk.’