Summer is about to turn up the heat for the final few days of the school holidays and it's going to be a scorcher.
While conditions this season have been tame compared to last Summer's run of days in the high 30s and 40s, Maitland is about to experience its hottest conditions so far this Summer.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast tops of 34, 37, 38 and 39 degrees for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday respectively.
Today (Tuesday, January 19) a top of 24 and a shower or two is forecast, 23 degrees for Wednesday and 29 for Thursday.
And with this week's fickle temperatures comes a coastal warning for holidaymakers.
The BOM has issued a marine warning for the Hunter's coast forecasting large and powerful surf conditions in the afternoon and evening Tuesday.
It said these conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
The BOM expects the conditions to continue through until the end of the week.
For those Maitland folk holidaying in Port Stephens there is good news this week with the Nelson Bay marina foreshore reopened for recreational activities.
Port Stephens Council received water quality test results back that show the water quality has returned to normal levels after last week's sewage leak.
Beaches from Nelson Bay marina to Fly Point will remain closed on Tuesday after a sewage leak,
Council will continue to monitor water quality to ensure conditions remain safe.
For more information about water quality at Port Stephens beaches, visit the NSW Government's Beach Watch page.