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Rain brings relief from heatwave, but not for long

AFTER a weekend of record-smashing heat, Clarence Valley residents will be glad to hear the cool change which moved through the Northern Rivers on Sunday night is here to stay for the next few days.

But from Thursday, warm northerly winds will return to the region as a high pressure system develops in the Tasman Sea.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Zach Porter encouraged people to make the most of the milder temperatures while they last.

Top temperatures for Grafton and Yamba will generally be in the mid to high 20s on Tuesday and Wednesday, with some showers expected.

Warm northerly winds will return on Thursday, pushing temperatures back into the 30s in Grafton and peaking on Saturday with a top of 37 degrees at Grafton, and 31 degrees at Yamba.

"Something noteworthy is that this next event is not going to be as extreme as the weekend just gone," Mr Porter said.

According to the meteorologist, the Grafton Research Station reached a top of 46.3 degrees on Sunday, more than three degrees hotter then the highest temperature ever recorded at that site.

"There were lots of records broken right across the state," he said.

"Hopefully people are a little bit more acclimatised to hot conditions now and this one will be a little bit more bearable."



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