Crowds flock to local beaches to beat the heatwave conditions.
Crowds flock to local beaches to beat the heatwave conditions.

Heatwave set to continue

THIS heatwave has certainly brought sweat to the brow and could end as the hottest week on record in NSW.

In more than 150 years of records, the longest stretch of 30-degree days is five, reached several times, most recently in the spring of 1998.

If weather forecasts hold true, that count will have been eclipsed by early next week, when temperatures are forecast to fall under 30 on Monday.

Across NSW, temperatures nudged into the forties with dozens of people taken to hospital and bushfires erupting across the state.

Paramedics have helped more than 55 people suffering from heat-related illnesses since the heatwave began on Monday, and the number of calls for assistance is expected to rise as the big heat continues.

Most of those needing help were construction workers, elderly people and young women suffering dizziness, heat exhaustion and severe dehydration, a NSW Ambulance spokesman told AAP on Wednesday.

There were 72 bushfires across NSW on Tuesday alone, and more than a dozen new ones on Wednesday.

Homes were threatened and three unoccupied buildings destroyed by a 666-hectare bushfire raging near Manilla, north of Tamworth.

Penrith had recorded a peak of 41.1.

Coffs Harbour Weather Forecast

TODAY – Mostly Sunny 32°C maximum 24°C minimum

TOMORROW – Mostly Sunny 32°C maximum 23°C minimum

SATURDAY – Mostly Sunny 32°C maximum 23°C minimum

SUNDAY – Partly Cloudy 33°C maximum 24°C minimum

MONDAY – Shower or two 28°C maximum 23°C minimum

TUESDAY – Shower or two 27°C maximum 22°C minimum



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