After a month of dust storms, then regular storms that brought torrential rain to parts of Orange, the region is expected to swelter to round out the first month of the new year.
The colour city will soar to 37 degrees by Friday, January 31, and then hit that mark again to kick-off February.
Across the region it'll be even hotter.
The mercury will gradually build across the Central West, with the top temperature on Friday and Saturday predicted to soar to as high as 44 degrees in one location.
A low intensity heatwave will pass across the region on Tuesday, and then Bureau of Meteorology says it will become a severe heatwave from Wednesday to Friday.
Forbes will be the hottest location in the region on Friday with a top of 44 degrees, it will also be a very hot 42 degrees in Dubbo, Parkes and Cootamundra.
A top of 41 is predicted in Cowra and Wellington, 40 in Mudgee and Goulburn, 39 in Oberon, 38 in Bathurst, 37 in Orange, and Lithgow will have the coolest maximum on Friday at 35 degrees.
The first day of February is also predicted to be very hot, before it cools slightly on Sunday and Monday.
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