DRY and hot on Monday, wet and almost 20 degrees cooler by the weekend is the summary of Gunnedah's weather this week.
It might be spring, but Monday felt like we'd been thrust into the throes of summer - and it will be a totally different story by Saturday.
Gunnedah hit 39 degrees yesterday, according to Weatherzone, but the top temperatures will fall this week until the forecast 20-degree high and thunderstorms on Saturday.
The prediction is for a 90 per cent chance of any rain that day, with a possible 5-10mm; Friday is also listed as a 70 per cent chance, with the same potential fall totals.
Across the wider region on Monday, some of the highest tops were in Tamworth, which hit a maximum of 37.9 degrees, Quirindi at 36 degrees, Moree at 39.5 degrees and Narrabri at 40 degrees.
A severe fire danger rating and a total fire ban remain in place in Gunnedah and the Liverpool Plains fire regions today.
People living in the most at-risk areas have been urged to have a plan in place in case a blaze breaks out.