SUMMER is officially here, and with it has come high temperatures and the desire to escape the heat.
These sun sensible toddlers were yesterday relishing the chance to cool off, lapping up a splash and giggle under rashies and hats, and smothered with factor 30.
It's set to be a warm and humid start to the season but thankfully conditions won't be as extreme as they will be for our cousins down south and out west.
The first day of summer is forecast to bring a top of 33 degrees to the Coffs Coast, well below the December 1981 record breaker when the mercury hit 42.5 degrees.
Still the ultra violet index will be 'extreme' so it will be paramount for everyone to 'slip,slop and slap'.
Forecasters say the Coffs Coast is headed for a wet summer, where humidity rather than heat will be the daily norm.
Bureau of Meteorology Manager of Climate Services Aaron Coutts-Smith said there is a 70% chance of above average rainfall between now and February.
"Coffs Harbour is also at slight odds of experiencing below average summertime temperatures," Mr Coutts-Smith said.
"The region has a somewhat unique summer weather situation compared too much of NSW due to its high rainfall, which is influenced by the region's topography."