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    Christmas Eve Heatwave
    Sunday, 25 December 2005

    Hot and dry northwesterly winds pushed the temperature above 40 degrees across the region yesterday. The temperature rose quickly in the morning and by 9am the temperature was already 35 - 37°C at most locations. By mid day, high level cloud covered much of the sky and therefore maximum temperatures occurred around this time. Relative humidity was around 10% at some locations.

    Paterson (Tocal), Williamtown, Maitland and Cessnock all reached a temperature of 43°C (rounded). The highest temperature recorded was 44.0°C at Singleton. A maximum temperature was not reported from Jerrys Plains. The coastline also recorded high temperatures with Nobbys Head recording a maximum of 39.9°C.

    The high temperatures were accompanied by strong and gusty winds. Maximum wind gusts of 80 km/h were recorded from the northwest or the west northwest in the Lower Hunter. Despite the extreme fire dangers, only minor bushfires and spot fires were reported.

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