Today is definitely hotter than yesterday
Today is definitely hotter than yesterday Tanya Easterby

Today's temperatures are higher than yesterday

UPDATE 1PM:

TEMPERATURES are getting into the dizzy heights of the 30s today and continuing to rise. Highest temperatures so far are listed below:

Ballina - 33.1 degrees at 12.27pm

Cape Byron - 26.1 degrees at 12.19pm

Casino - 34.7 degrees at 12.17pm

Evans Head - 35.4 at 12.23pm

Lismore - 33.7 at 12.26pm

Courtesy: BOM

INITIAL:

FORECAST

Lismore: Today 34°C; tomorrow 33°C; Sunday 27°C

Ballina: Today 31°C; tomorrow 30°C; Sunday 26°C

Casino: Today 39°C; tomorrow 38°C; Sunday 27°C

Byron Bay: Today 29°C; tomorrow 28°C; Sunday 25°C

Kyogle: Today 37°C; tomorrow 39°C; Sunday 26°C

Heatwave hits

BREAK out the fans, cool drinks and buckets of ice.

The first real heatwave for the season is upon us and while air-conditioning is often the first choice, not everyone has access to this icy privilege at all times of the day.

For Uralba resident Ashleigh Smith, her best option is to get some cooler sea air at The Spit at Ballina with her dog Charli.

"We come down almost every day," she said. "It's nice to get out and give Charli a good run around."

Fellow pooch owners and Ballina residents Leah Grace and Keira McArthy were also on the sand yesterday.

Despite the hot temperatures predicted, Leah said she was looking forward to the warmer weather. 

Keeping cool tips

We also asked our readers for tips on how to stay cool and here were some thoughts.

"Keep all the doors and windows closed, blinds closed ... fans on if needed," Renae Pryer said. "I have no air con (so I) go to a shopping centre, swim, eat salads, wet face washers in freezer, cold water for fluids."

Alana Turner suggested going to the beach and Christine Smith Beets, new to Australia, said it will be her first summer here and didn't know what to expect.

"Getting really worried what it's going to be like if temps are already this high," she said.

Reasons for heatwave

The Bureau of Meteorology said a slow-moving high pressure system over the Tasman Sea extending a ridge towards north-east New South Wales and a weak trough lying near the southern border is the pattern that is drawing dry and increasingly hot air from central Australia to the Northern Rivers.

This will lead to heatwave conditions in most areas of the state over the next couple of days.

There will be no significant relief until the weekend, when the high over the Tasman Sea weakens and a more energetic frontal system brings cooler weather to the region.

The fire danger on the Far North Coast is high.



GALLERY: Burnt out fire truck

premium_icon GALLERY: Burnt out fire truck

The RFS truck will probably be written off.

"Someone could have been injured or killed"

premium_icon "Someone could have been injured or killed"

An RFS crew sheltered in their truck as the grass fire overcame them

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