AUTHORITIES have issued an extreme heat warning for the Western District, with temperatures expected to reach nearly 40 degrees on the weekend.
After an expected high of 33 degrees Celsius in Hamilton yesterday, the temperature is forecast to soar to 38 today before peaking at 39 tomorrow.
Relief is in sight Monday with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting the mercury will drop back to 23 degrees.
The temperature is tipped to return the mid-30s by next Wednesday.
Locals councils across the region this week took turns to issue health alerts for today and tomorrow.
They say the expected high temperatures have the potential to cause heat stress, which can cause significant health impacts and are urging residents to exercise extreme care during the heatwave.
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, February 1, 2014