The Hunter's about to experience an early taste of summer, with some areas to swelter through four straight days of temperatures in the 30's.
Saturday will be our hottest day, with the mercury forecast to reach 37 degrees at Wallsend, Toronto, Singleton and Bulahdelah.
The fire danger is expected to be rated severe, while a total fire ban is on the cards.
Sadly no rain is in sight, adding to the bushfire risk.
Cessnock has received just 19.4mm of rain since July, well below average.
Parts of the state's north-west could reach 40 degrees on Saturday, which would be a first for September.