Authorities Issue Warning Ahead of New South Wales Heatwave.

NCA NewsWire / Morgan Sette


   Authorities in New South Wales (NSW) have issued multiple warnings as parts of the state prepare for above-average temperatures in the coming days. A high-pressure system over Central and Northern Australia is expected to elevate temperatures across South Australia, extending into inland NSW from Thursday.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts areas, including parts of the Northern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, Lower Western, and Upper Western Districts, to experience temperatures in the mid-40s Celsius. Western Sydney, particularly Penrith, is forecasted to reach 42C on Saturday.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has heightened fire danger warnings during the heatwave, urging residents in bushfire-prone areas to be aware of the day's Fire Danger Rating and develop a Bushfire Action Plan. Fire and Rescue NSW encourages immediate reporting of any spotted fires.

NSW Health identifies vulnerable groups during a heatwave, including individuals over 65, babies, those with specific medical conditions, outdoor workers, pregnant women, those living alone or socially isolated, and the homeless. They advise vigilance for signs of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and stroke.

NSW Police advocate caution on the roads and at beaches, urging beachgoers to keep an eye on children near the water. As major events like the Foo Fighters concert at Accor Stadium and rapper 50 Cent's performance at Qudos Bank Arena coincide with the heatwave, attendees are advised to stay hydrated.

Coastal areas are expected to be relatively cooler, with temperatures peaking at 31C around the Sydney CBD on Friday and 35C on Saturday. Parramatta may experience a high of 35C on Friday and up to 40C on Sunday.

Authorities recommend that residents and visitors stay informed about heatwave precautions; detailed advice is available on the NSW Health website.