There's no end in sight to the Hunter's run of dry, warm weather.
Temperatures have been well above average so far throughout winter, and it's about to get even hotter.
The BOM is forecasting the mercury to crack 30 degrees in several suburbs on Wednesday.
Bulahdelah is set to reach 33 degrees.
No rain is on the horizon for at least the next week.
Cessnock has only received 10 mils of rain since the start of July.
BOM's Forecast Top Temps for Wednesday August 16:
Newcastle - 28C
Wallsend - 31C
Toronto - 31C
Cessnock - 30C
Maitland - 30C
Raymond Terrace - 30C
Nelson Bay - 28C
Singleton - 30C
Bulahdelah - 33C