By Clare Blumer
State government agencies have activated a heatwave action plan, with soaring temperatures across most of New South Wales set to cap off 2016.
Police have issued alerts about extreme heatwave conditions for the next four days that will affect the north and mid-north coasts.
The Hunter and Sydney regions will experience more moderate heatwaves.
Western Sydney is forecast to hit 40 degrees Celsius today, with Maitland in the Hunter region to reach 41C, Tamworth 37C, Dubbo 39C and Grafton, in the state’s north, 36C.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said these would not be record-breaking highs, but the consecutive days of heat would really put pressure on people’s bodies.
“We have quite warm overnight minimums so people don’t get a chance to recover in the overnight period from the build up of excess heat in the day,” BOM duty forecaster Simon Lewis said.
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