Bruce Bowling tries to cool down from the 40-degree heat while painting in Grafton.
Bruce Bowling tries to cool down from the 40-degree heat while painting in Grafton.

Grafton's hottest day in six years

HOT days and sticky nights are predicted to continue through the week with temperatures rising to new heights.

Yesterday, mercury levels soared to more than 40 degrees, making it one of Grafton’s hottest days since January 2004.

Grafton’s Agriculture Research Centre recorded 40.9 degrees in the peak of the heat yesterday and a Weather Channel spokesperson said the hot period was expected to continue through December and into the New Year.

“With temperatures reaching 40 degrees, it is the hottest of anything the area has seen this year,” he said.

Temperatures through November were recorded at three degrees above the 31 degree long-term average, making it the hottest November the bureau had seen in seven years.

“November was definitely a warm month but no records were broken,” the spokesperson said.

Yamba reached a maximum of 26.2 degrees yesterday, with the sea breeze making temperatures significantly cooler than Grafton.

North-westerly winds across New South Wales are causing the warmer weather, with hot air being drawn south towards the North Coast area.

The scorching and uncomfortable weather is expected to continue until Friday, with more 40-degree days heading our way.

Rainfall for the Clarence Valley area has been below average this year and with conditions heating up, widespread total fire bans have been enforced.

Conditions on the weekend are expected to ease to the early 30s.

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for Grafton.



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