It’s not quite the 46 degrees that hit the Lower Hunter on February 11 last year, but it looks like another hot one this Wednesday.
Cessnock and Singleton are set to swelter through 40 degrees while the mercury is expected to tip a warm 39 degrees in Maitland.
The fire danger rating was listed as very high for Monday, however a total fire ban was not introduced.
There is a slight chance that the tradition of a wet Maitland Show weekend will continue this year, with a 30 per cent chance of rain on Friday and a 50 per cent chance on Saturday.
However, the amount predicted to fall is just 0 to 0.4mm and 0 to 2mm respectively.