Tamworth weather: Temperatures top 39 degrees in Tamworth, 41 in Gunnedah

Splashing around: From left, Jye, Ava and Zoe Woodward, and Jayda Constable try to stay cool from the sizzling heat by taking a dip in the Manilla Weir. Photo: Breanna Chillingworth

Splashing around: From left, Jye, Ava and Zoe Woodward, and Jayda Constable try to stay cool from the sizzling heat by taking a dip in the Manilla Weir. Photo: Breanna Chillingworth

Scorching temperatures sent locals in doors or into the water on Friday as temperatures hovered around the 40-degree mark.

Temperatures peaked at 39.2 in Tamworth at the airport at 3.30pm, after dropping to just 20.9 at 1.45am on Friday.

In Manilla, 10-year-old twins Jye and Ava Woodward, along with sister Zoe, 12, and Jayda Constable splashed around in the local weir to beat the heat.

And they weren’t the only ones, with several locals and visitors taking a dip to try to beat the heat.

Gunnedah hit 41.1 degrees just before 4pm on Friday, while at the same time Moree recorded 41.6 degrees.

Taking shade: Leigh Hazell and Mick Abrahams, with golden labrador Elliot, take respite from the heat by the banks of the Namoi River in Gunnedah. Photo: Sam Woods

Taking shade: Leigh Hazell and Mick Abrahams, with golden labrador Elliot, take respite from the heat by the banks of the Namoi River in Gunnedah. Photo: Sam Woods

Narrabri peaked at 42.6 about 3.30pm but it was Walgett that topped the charts for the North West region, recording a top temperature of 44.5 on Friday.

But spare a thought for our neighbours out west.

Bourke sweltered through 46.5 to top the mercury for the state and Wilcannia was just half a degree cooler, hitting 46 at lunchtime.