Warm temperatures are expected to continue into the remainder of this week, with the mercury tipped to reach 33 degrees in Newcastle, 35 degrees at Maitland and 36 degrees at Scone today.
Hordes of people gathered at the Hunter's beaches and other swimming spots on Wednesday to make the most of the summer conditions after a relatively wet start to the season due to a La Nia weather system.
The Bureau of Meteorology recorded tops of 25 degrees at Nobbys, 28 at Williamtown and 29 degrees at the Maitland and Scone airport weather stations yesterday.
It is expected to be a warm end to the week with Scone forecast to reach 35 degrees on Friday and Newcastle tipped to get as hot as 30 degrees.
The Rural Fire Service's bushfire danger rating for the Greater Hunter was low to moderate on Wednesday, with the RFS hoping that rain forecast for early next week will offset the rising temperatures with respect to fire danger.
Meanwhile, the Australian Red Cross is encouraging people to take care in the warmer weather, particularly in an effort to avoid heat stroke.
The Red Cross says heat stroke symptoms can include confusion, appearing red and flustered and - in extreme cases - vomiting.
"We're urging people to be prepared. Keep cool, hydrated and know how to recognise the signs of heat-stroke," Red Cross spokesperson Janie McCullagh said.
"Heat-stroke can be life-threatening. Knowing how to respond can be critical. The confidence to know what to do in a first aid emergency can make the difference between a positive outcome and a tragedy."
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