THE rays of the sun are forecast to be in full strength for the next week in the region, after a long period of rain and clouds.
Tamworth and Gunnedah will both see temperatures ranging from 27 degrees to 35 degrees, with a very slim chance of rain the whole week.
Gunnedah will start off with a partly cloudy Saturday with tops of 28 degrees, and then sunny 30 temperatures on Sunday.
The mercury on Monday is set to reach 32 degrees, moving to 34 degrees on Tuesday, then 35 degrees on both Wednesday and Thursday.
A possible storm is also forecast for late on Wednesday in Gunnedah, which could see a 10 per cent chance of rain.
Meanwhile in Tamworth, it'll be a partly cloudy but 27 degree Saturday, before moving into a bright and sunny Sunday with tops of 30 degrees.
The heat will gradually rise as the week continues on, moving to 31 degrees on Monday, 33 degrees on Tuesday, and then 34 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday.
The UV index will be high in both towns - it'll be 13 on Saturday and Sunday, and reach an extreme of 14 on Monday.