UPDATE 3.20PM: Maximums by mid-afternoon hadn't reached the predicted 34 degrees in major towns across the Northern Rivers, however, it was still warm.

Here are the maximum temperatures so far:

Ballina - 25.8 degrees at 2.48pm

Byron - 23.9 degrees at 2.26pm

Casino - 31.3 degrees at 2.41pm

Evans Head - 28.5 degrees at 12.34pm

Lismore - 29.3 degrees at 1.53pm

Courtesy: BOM

UPDATE 12.30PM: Temperatures are rising without a cloud in the sky.

Here is a mid-day round up of how hot it is at your place.

Ballina - 25.7 degrees

Byron - 23.9 degrees

Casino - 28.9 degrees

Evans Head - 28.5 degrees

Lismore - 28 degrees

Courtesy: BOM

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

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

We 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.

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

This will lead to heatwave conditions in most areas during the next few 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.

Today should reach a maximum of 34 degrees while Thursday will get to 37 degrees but Friday is the kicker with a predicted high temperature of 41 degrees.

The fire danger on the Far North Coast is high.

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