BEATING THE HEAT: Tayla Murray and Nikki Aldcroft enjoy a leisurely ride through Coffs Harbour.
BEATING THE HEAT: Tayla Murray and Nikki Aldcroft enjoy a leisurely ride through Coffs Harbour. Matt Deans

Summer blast ready to strike the Coast

THE next few days will be the perfect time to find some shade and sip a cool drink as summer arrives with a bang on the Coffs Coast.

Today's maximum temperature is expected to peak well above 30 degrees and the hot streak is expected to last until the weekend.

Tomorrow is expected reach 31° before Friday holds the possibility of avid weather watchers reaching for the record books.

The hottest November day for Coffs Harbour on record is 43.3 degrees back on November 19, 1968. 

The record may be safe on Friday as the forecast expects the mercury rise to a stifling 42 degrees that day.

There'll be little respite from the heat on Saturday with the maximum that day expected to reach 36 before a cooling late shower.

The reason for the hot run is a slow-moving high pressure system over the Tasman Sea which is extending a ridge towards northeast NSW, while a weak trough lies near the state's southern border. This pattern is drawing dry and increasingly hot air from central Australia into NSW, leading to heatwave conditions during the next few days.

So far in 2015, there have been 10 days where the mercury has reached 30 or more in Coffs Harbour.

The highest temp recorded so far this year is 33.6 on March 5.

SCORCHERS
Coffs Harbour's hottest days in 2015
33.6 - March 5
33.5 - January 14
32.2 - January 25
32.0 - March 20
31.5 - March 1
Source: Bureau of Meteorology



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