Possible storms for the Northern Rivers tonight.
Possible storms for the Northern Rivers tonight. Michael Nolan

Hottest day of the year expected to hit Lismore this weekend

THIS weekend may be hot enough to fry eggs on the bitumen, but at least we're in for some heat relief beginning Monday.

North Coast Storm Chasers founder, Antonio Parancin, said there was a chance to see storms thanks to a coldfront coming in from the south.

"If it comes between 3-6pm there's a very good chance we'll see storms, but if it comes later there's not a good chance,” Mr Parancin said.

"As soon as that southerly comes through that's our cool change, and that should last a day or two, maybe three if we're lucky.”

In the meantime Mr Parancin advised people to be wary about going out this weekend, and for pet owners to keep a close eye on their pets.

Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers inspector Boyd Townsend warned people to be "very wary” and to keep an eye on the fire danger rating.

"The forecast models for the Northern Rivers are indicating very high, but it may go a bit higher,” he said.

The next step up from Very High is Severe, which would mean a total fire ban.

That would restrict the use of any fire, including the use of a wood fire pizza ovens or barbecues using solid fuel.

"If anyone sees smoke over the weekend they should report it to 000 immediately,” Insp Townsend said.

"We need to know about it sooner than later.”

Lismore is expected to hit 40 degrees on Sunday while Casino could reach 43.

If Lismore exceeds 40.1 degrees and Casino exceeds 42.5, it will become the hottest day all summer for each area.

"In those sort of temperatures ... any welding or grinding is just not a good idea in the middle of the day. Any spark could cause a fire to start.

"Driving through dry grass, again contact with hot exhaust pipes could start a fire.

He said mowing and slashing were hazards as well because a spark could be created when a rock is hit.

"It's not going to take much in terms of misadventure, pure accidents or lightning strikes,” Insp Townsend said.



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