Keep that sunscreen handy

HEATWAVE: Weather experts predict the heatwave in parts of the Hunter on Thursday.If you think Tuesdaywas warm wait until Thursday when the mercury in the Hunter heads northwards.

Maitland is tipped to nudge a toasty 41 degrees but there’s respite in Newcastle where the mercury is expected to hit 32.

The bureau has advised Hunter ­residents to have a heat wave action plan in place.

People should stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and hot or sugary drinks, limit physical activity and try to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day.

The forecast conditions have also prompted NSW Ambulance to issue warnings relating to swimming pools and general water safety.

NSW Ambulance education director Alan Morrison said with temperatures set to rise this means more drowning or near drowning incidents as people flock to the beach, pools, lakes and creeks.

Mr Morrison said there was never a time to be complacent when children and water were involved.

“It only takes a moment for a child to get themselves into trouble around water, so it is vital they are supervised vigilantly at all times,” he said.

Don White of Weatherwatch said Hunter residents had been spoilt with below average temperatures the week before Christmas and then a few moderately warm days over the festive season before the rain events and cooler conditions of last week.

“It has definitely warmed up this week and the hottest day looks to be Thursday at this stage, with the low 40s forecast,” Mr White said.

“We will be back into the mid-to-low 20s on Friday with a few showers.”

Mr White said the Hunter could also expect possible thundery showers on Thursday.

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