Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Playing it cool in spite of heat

Goulburn Valley residents took to pools, creek and pubs at the weekend in a bid to beat the heat as the mercury reached above 42 degrees on Saturday.

SOPHIE MALCOLM January 7, 2013 4:30am

Euroa’s Sam Thomas and Will Mackrell from Violet Town enjoy some summer fun at Polly McQuinn Weir, Strathbogie, at the weekend.


Pools, creeks and pubs were popular spots as locals tried to beat the heat at the weekend.

Shepparton sweltered through a 42.1°C day on Saturday, but relief is on the way with cooler temperatures forecast for mid-week.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Scott Williams said temperatures would soon drop with a cool change predicted to hit Shepparton on Tuesday night.

‘‘(On Monday) we’ll start to see some cooling down of the weather ... but on Tuesday it will still probably get to about 38 (degrees).

‘‘It will be very much cooler on Wednesday, about 25°C,’’ Mr Williams said.

Mr Williams said the mercury was set to rise again after Wednesday, with temperatures of more than 30°C predicted for the rest of the week.

‘‘At least there’ll be some good relief on Wednesday,’’ he said.

Aquamoves manager Lindy Baldi said an average of about 3000 people a day had come through the centre’s doors in the past few days.

‘‘It’s not a record for us, but it’s consistent over a hot spell over a number of days,’’ Ms Baldi said.

She said extra staff had been rostered on to cope with the influx of swimmers.

‘‘The families seem to be enjoying spending the day down here,’’ she said.

Aussie Hotel assistant manager Josh Maude said there had ‘‘definitely’’ been an increase of customers because of the heat.

‘‘The airconditioner has been a pretty big drawcard,’’ Mr Maude said.

‘‘Everyone just walks in and feels a bit of relief.’’

A Goulburn Valley Health spokeswoman yesterday said about six people had been admitted for heat-related issues. She said while the majority of those were elderly people, two people had also been hospitalised after exercising outdoors.

It was a timely reminder for people to remember not to overexert themselves and to check on elderly neighbours and friends, she said.

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