THE cool weather and rain periods experienced on Christmas Day and Boxing Day are already a distant memory as very hot weather continues to see our region and much of NSW bake this week.
Tamworth, Moree and Narrabri are winding up for a week in the high 30s and early 40s while the usually mild tablelands will see Armidale reach a forecast 33 on Saturday.
In Inverell, the forecast is for 34 today increasing to 36 and 37 on Friday and Saturday.
It reached 39 degrees at Tamworth Airport yesterday.
Several people posted comments on Facebook yesterday about the heat, including Maree Baker Dodson of Westdale.
“I love the heat, well normally, but today’s heat! Well it’s 3.50pm and temp is 41.6 degrees! That bloody hot wind !” she said.
The heatwave is being caused by a weak low-pressure trough over northern inland NSW with a weak high-pressure ridge over the remainder of the state.
Another trough is expected to approach the state on Wednesday, bringing the very hot conditions and freshening north- westerly winds to the western half. The trough will move across NSW during Thursday and Friday.
Hot weather in the past week has seen Tamworth water use figures shoot up to be among the highest in two years.
Consumption charts show the city used more than 40 megalitres on December 20 and 23 as temperatures climbed to 36 degrees.