THE mercury is tipped to hit 40 degrees for the first time this summer on Tuesday, but the Bureau of Meteorology believes a cool change might blow in just in time for Christmas.
A top of 42 degrees has been tipped for today, the first 40 degree day in December since 2015.
The temperature topped that benchmark just five times the previous summer – twice in January and three times in February.
A lingering high pressure system over the Tasman Sea is behind a heatwave affecting much of Australia’s eastern seaboard.
That high-pressure system has been funnelling hot air from the north, driving the consistently hot temperatures.
The NSW RFS has issued a warning to harvesters to take care while bringing in their crops, advising them to stop frequently and check weather conditions, while a total fire ban has been issued in North East Victoria.
Extended hours are in effect at the WAVES pool in Wodonga, which will be open until 9pm.