Bellingen Shire heats up today

It's a week of highs and lows as far as the mercury goes this week ... that last gasp of the winter that wasn't, you could say.

Today, Monday, sees temperatures heading into the 30s around the shire - with a top of 35 degrees for Bellingen, 33 degrees for Dorrigo and Urunga a relatively 'cool' 29 degrees.

NSW Rural Fire Service has declared a total fire ban today ahead of forecast hot, dry, windy conditions.

And a reminder, that during a Total Fire Ban you cannot light, maintain or use a fire in the open or carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.

Penalties are heavy - lighting a fire attracts an on the spot fine of $2200. If the matter goes to court, you could be subject to a fine of up to $5500 and/or 12 months gaol.

There will be some relief Wednesday, when temperatures drop back to the low 20s but then prepare to shiver as the weekend approaches, with forecast temperatures of 16-19 degrees on Friday and possible showers.

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