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Hunter set to sizzle this weekend

The Hunter Valley is set to sizzle this weekend, with health experts urging residents to “stay cool”.

According to Weatherzone, temperatures are expected to peak at about 40 degrees on Saturday 28 November; and increase to 44 on Sunday 29 November.

Tocal and Singleton will be the two hottest spots. Both locations are predicted to hit the 40 mark tomorrow, and then 42 and 44 respectively the next day.

Cessnock and Maitland will experience 39-degree heat on Saturday, but surge to 43 on Sunday, along with Newcastle and Nobbys Head.

Scone and Muswellbrook appear likely to nudge the early 40s on 29 November, too.

“Tomorrow will be hot and sunny,” a Weatherzone spokesperson said.

“Overnight temps should fall to between 16 and 19 with daytime temperatures reaching 34 to 40.

“However, it’s a different story on Sunday – it is going to be very hot, although there is a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

“The [daytime] temperatures will range from 37 to 44.”

NSW Health Executive Director of Health Protection, Dr Richard Broome, said it was very important to be aware of vulnerable members of the community like the elderly, infants and children, people with a chronic medical condition and those who live alone.

“During hot weather, it’s vital to stay in regular contact with elderly neighbours, friends and relatives, because helping them do basic chores to keep them out of the heat could make a life-saving difference,” he explained.

Initial signs of heat-related illness may include faintness and dizziness, irritability, thirst, dark urine, headaches and later changes in skin colour, rapid pulse and shallow breathing, vomiting and confusion.

“It’s imperative to get to a cool place quickly if symptoms occur,” Dr Broome said.

“People showing severe signs of heat-related illness should seek urgent medical attention.”

At a glance:

Saturday 28 November –

Cessnock 39
Maitland 39
Merriwa 35
Muswellbrook 38
Nelson Bay 27
Newcastle 35
Nobbys Head 35
Scone 38
Singleton 40
Swansea 31
Tocal 40

Sunday 29 November –

Cessnock 43
Maitland 43
Merriwa 36
Muswellbrook 40
Nelson Bay 32
Newcastle 43
Nobbys Head 43
Scone 42
Singleton 44
Swansea 34
Tocal 42

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