Locals and visitors alike flocked to the river and the Deniliquin pool to escape the sweltering heat at the weekend.By Jess Everingham
Deniliquin sizzled on Saturday as the temperature peaked at 45.9°C, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
It was the hottest day so far in the heatwave that brought tops of 41.9°C on Friday and 39.7°C on Sunday.
Temperatures equal to or higher than Saturday’s maximum have only been recorded in Deniliquin 13 times since the year 1900.
Relief is predicted to arrive tomorrow, with a maximum of just 28°C predicted.
The extreme heat sent locals and tourists either into the water or in front of the air conditioning.
Deniliquin Swim Centre co-ordinator Katrina Ives said about 500 people came through the pool on each day of the weekend.
She said most either came at 9.30am, or between 5pm and 6pm.
Ms Ives said it was the most people seen at the pool in ‘‘a couple of years’’.
Tourists seemed to favour McLean Beach on Saturday morning, with most beach-goers hailing from Melbourne.
In the meantime, the Deniliquin RSL Club was using the heatwave as a marketing tool, using Facebook to advertise its air conditioning.
The dangerous fire conditions are expected to continue today, with a top of 40°C and 37km/h winds.
However, the temperature will drop dramatically tomorrow with just 28°C expected, before highs of 34°C and 39°C predicted for Thursday and Friday respectively.
Saturday should be slightly cooler with 35°C predicted, 31°C on Sunday and 32°C for next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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