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NSW sweats through stubborn heatwave

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017

A stubborn heatwave being blamed on warm central Australian winds is settling in across NSW, with very little relief from the sweat-inducing temperatures in sight for many days.

Sydney will be spared the worst of the oppressive heat, with coastal sea breezes restricting temperatures to between the high 20s and mid 30s for much of the week.

But inland NSW will bear the full brunt of the scorching conditions, with the heatwave expected to intensify to severe or extreme levels as the week wears on.

The mercury will hit the high 30s and 40s across much of inland NSW on Sunday before climbing further still, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The heatwave will then persist over much of NSW for the week, first punishing the state's southeast before spreading its scorching wrath further north.

A southeasterly pushing up the coast on Thursday is expected to bring some relief, with temperatures tipped to fall back briefly, before creeping up again on Friday ahead of the weekend.

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