The Manning Valley holds its breath as storm clouds gather on Friday afternoon, February 8.
It has been a dry summer and water restrictions come into place on Monday, February 11 across the Mid Coast.
Friday afternoon’s forecast predicted showers and a possible thunderstorm for Taree, while Saturday, February 9 should start sunny with a possible shower or thunderstorm later.
People are reminded to protect themselves against the sun as the UV index is predicted to reach extreme over the next few days.
The Bureau of Meteorology says a high pressure system to the east of New Zealand is moving slowly east and will maintain a ridge to the north coast over the next day or so.
A trough looks set to bring a weak southerly change to southern parts of the coast later Friday.
Another stronger southerly change is expected along southern and central coastal areas on Saturday before shifting through northern parts of the coast Sunday morning. A high pressure ridge will extend from the Bight in the wake of the trough, with a new high centre becoming established in the Tasman Sea later on Sunday.