Aus Day weather: Coffs Coast to dodge NSW heatwave
The Coffs Coast will likely dodge the worst of the scorching heatwave conditions set to bear down on NSW in the days leading up to Australia Day.
On Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that residents particularly in the southern part of the state should begin preparing for potential fire activity.
BOM meteorologist Gabrielle Woodhouse said temperatures in inland NSW could reach up to 45 degrees, peaking on Sunday and Monday.
However the northern part of the state will likely avoid the extreme temperature rises, with coastal areas particularly benefiting from sea breeze.
Ms Woodhouse said the region also remains relatively wet, due to the la nina weather pattern which brought widespread flooding in December.
According to data from BOM, the Coffs Coast on average receives up to around 145mm of rainfall in December - however in December 2020 we received a total of 476mm.
Local waterways including the Orara, Bellinger and Thora rivers experienced flooding in mid-December, before another bout of heavy rain saw minor flooding recur in early January.
Ms Woodhouse said the la nina conditions will weaken in the "next few months."
As of January 21, temperatures are forecast to reach tops of 30 on the Coffs Coast over the next few days, peaking on Australia Day.
The forecast for Australia Day in Coffs at this stage is sunny, with only a five per cent chance of any rain.
There is a chance the region will then experience showers from Wednesday.
The Advocate will update the forecast as we get closer to the Australia Day public holiday.
Sunny, max temperature of 29, 10 per cent chance of rain.
Sunny, max temperature of 28, five per cent chance of rain.
Sunny, max temperature of 29, five per cent chance of rain.
Sunny, max temperature of 30, ten per cent chance of rain.
Mostly sunny, max temperature of 30, 30 per cent chance of rain.
Partly cloudy, max temperature of 28, 50 per cent chance of rain.