THE heat is showing no sign of repose suggesting it could be a very toasty time for Tamworth Country Music Festival-goers.
Tamworth has already sweltered through a very hot stretch in recent weeks with 17 consecutive days of 35-plus degree temperatures.
And the early indications suggest the heat could soar past 40 degrees by the end of this week.
Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said there would be little relief offered during the nights this week too.
“Into next week, it looks like the dry and hot trend will continue to at least Thursday with above average temperatures,” Mr Brittian said.
“Overnight temperatures are going to trend more above average too.
“The minimums are not dropping below the mid-20s, so it won’t offer much relief from the day time heat.”
He said the hot nights were the result of increased cloud cover which would act as a blanket for daytime heat.
The warmth which has swathed the region since Boxing Day was due to a “pretty stagnant pressure pattern” drawing heat from the nation’s north west down to the south east.
While the coming week is looking like a scorcher, the first weekend of festival could be a game-changer for the region which has battled through an onslaught of sweaty, stifling days.
“There’s a bit of an indication there could be some rainfall or thunderstorm activity next weekend, so we could see temperatures trending a little less hotter than they’ve been and closer to average,” he said.
Tamworth has only recorded 6.6mm of rain this month following some miserly downpours on Wednesday and Friday. But Mr Brittain said the reaching the long-term average for January wasn’t out of the question, which could herald some wet days in festival.
“It’s more likely it would be a drier than average January, but it would only take a couple of thunderstorms to put the rain gauge above average,” he said.
“The average rainfall is 66mm, it could only take one thunderstorm to get above average, that’s not unusual.
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