ORANGE has not had weather conditions like it did yesterday in October for 12 years according to Rural Fire Service Inspector Steve Smith.
The low humidity, big winds up to 46km/h and high temperatures in the mid 20s, meant firefighters had a heightened sense of awareness.
Inspector Smith said the Canbolas Zone volunteers had made all the necessary preparations just in case a fire did break out and as a result the group was not overly nervous but ready to go at any moment.
There was a total fire ban yesterday but indications late in the afternoons were that there would be no fire ban today.
“As always we’re always ready to respond to any incident and our volunteers are very keen to respond to any situation,” he said.
Yesterday the temperature reached 24.8, well above the October average of 17.3 degrees according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s, Orange airport measurements.
The highest temperature recorded for October in Orange was 30.7 degrees on October 21 in 1988.
The lowest temperature recorded was minus 3 in 1984.
However the heatwave was only expected to last a day according to the Bureau and temperatures are expected to drop back down to a 17 degree maximum today but the weekend looked set to have almost perfect conditions.
Saturday is expected to have a minimum of two degrees and a maximum of 22 with no sign of rain and only light winds.
Sunday is expected to reach 21 with a minimum of eight degrees overnight and some evening showers.