A SHORT, sharp burst of extreme heat is on the way for the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast 40-degree weather for many Hunter locations including Singleton, Muswellbrook, Maitland and Cessnock.
Closer to the coast it is not much cooler, with temperatures expected to hit 38 in Wallsend, 37 in Newcastle and 39 in Raymond Terrace.
“Extreme heat moving into populated areas of southern and eastern Australia for the next couple of days, it could break all-time January maximum temperature records in some places,” meteorologist Adam Morgan said.
“The heat will last into the weekend for eastern NSW, where western Sydney and areas of the Hunter Valley will see maximums up in the high 30s, or even towards 40 or even 41 degrees on Saturday.”
“So stay cool, hydrated and check on your loved ones as the heat hits over the next few days.”