Broken Hill, prepare to bake
Saturday, 12th January, 2019
By Emily Ferguson
Another heatwave will roll into the city today, the second of the summer.
Since the consecutive ten-day streak of temperatures exceeding one hundred degrees Fahrenheit, Broken Hill weather has been on the cooler side.
The last day above 40 degrees Celsius was Friday, January 4; since then the average temperature in the city has been 32 degrees Celsius, with temperatures ranging in the mid to low thirties.
The warmer weather began to creep back in yesterday with a forecast of 41 degrees Celsius, and as of 3pm, the highest recorded temperature was 39.
Broken Hill is set for round two of the summer heatwave with temperatures forecast for the mid-forties today and around the same mark into the middle of next week.
With hot comes increased risk of heat-related issues, such as heatstroke or heat exhaustion.
So far this summer, Broken Hill residents have been lucky and smart enough to not have severe heat-related injuries that see them admitted to hospital.
“We haven’t had any heat-related presentations to the Emergency Department at this time,” a Far West Local Health District spokesperson said.
“The Broken Hill Hospital Emergency Department is operating as per usual, but we have ensured that there are adequate supplies of fluids if more are required for treatment.”