Saturday looks set to be the hottest day since records began in 1965, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) predicting the mercury will hit 44 degrees.
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Heatwaves or long periods of extreme heat can have serious impacts on people's health.- NSW Health
According to the BOM, temperatures are set to soar this weekend, with a top temperature of 43 degrees on Friday, 44 on Saturday and 40 on Sunday.
This weekend will well and truly exceed the average temperature for the month of February at 35.7 degrees.
The highest recorded temperature for the month of February was in 2004, when the mercury hit 42.5 degrees.
Overnight temperatures over the weekend will be around the mid-20’s.
In terms of precipitation to cool things down a little bit, there’s no chance of any relieving rain over the weekend according to the Bureau.
And there is only slight relief in sight with a top of 33 predicted for Monday.
This is after a few days of cooler weather throughout the week, with temperatures hitting a top of 31.7 on Tuesday, 35.4 on Wednesday and 36.1 on Thursday.
With the temperature hitting record highs, NSW Health is urging everyone to keep healthy during the heat.
This includes making sure residents drink plenty of water, keep cool and to take care of those most vulnerable, such as infants and the elderly.
Other tips include carrying a bottle of water at all times; avoiding alcoholic, hot, sugary drinks; staying out of the sun; minimising physical activity and having a plan in place for emergencies.
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