Cobram and Barooga residents are in for some relief after a record heatwave of four days of temperatures exceeding 40°C.By Jessica Grimble
Cobram and Barooga residents are in for some relief after a record heatwave of four days of temperatures exceeding 40°C.
Data from the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather station at Yarrawonga shows a run of temperatures equalling the previous record made in January and February 2009.
The mercury reached 40.5°C on Friday before soaring to the state’s hottest temperature of 45.7°C on Saturday. Sunday was 42.4°C and Monday reached 40.1°C.
The temperature had reached 37°C at 11
The bureau’s media and community relations manager for Victoria, David Morrison, said temperatures would drop into the 30°C-range from today.
Mr Morrison said an inland trough was causing the heat wave and dominating cold fronts coming from the southern ocean.
He said it was hotter in NSW than in Victoria.
‘‘If we look at Yarrawonga at the moment it’s 38°C, but in Deniliquin it’s 42°C — so there are considerably warmer temperatures into NSW,’’ he said on Monday afternoon.
Country Fire Authority District 22 operations officer Tony Logan was bracing for severe weather across the region yesterday and said extra resources from the south would base themselves at Wangaratta in case of an emergency.
He said Friday would be another severe fire day.
Mr Logan said fire authorities attended a market at Thompsons Beach on Friday night, where some people catering for the crowds had not obtained the correct permits on the Total Fire Ban-declared day.
He said people needed a Section 40 permit to prepare food for community or charity purposes under conditions such as those on Friday.
Cricket matches were abandoned at the weekend due to the forecast heat and people turned their attention to swimming or keeping cool under airconditioning at home.
The heat did not deter about 2500 attending the first night market at the beach.
Cobram District Health did not treat anyone for heat-related issues over the weekend.
But risk manager Kyley Lee reminded people to remain sun and temperature smart and to drink plenty of water.
‘‘It’s really important to check on your neighbours and make sure they’re alright on these really hot days,’’ she said.
‘‘More than 22 per cent of Cobram-Barooga’s population are over 65 years of age.
‘‘For us, there is an ageing population and as you get older you become more vulnerable (to heat) and there is a higher level of risk.’’
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