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Pool is cool for the hot and bothered

Thursday, 24th January, 2019

Former locals Lauren Pascoe and her son Elias (4 months) and Ryan Lehmann are in town for a little holiday, and since being back home they have been to the pool almost every day. They said it’s been the only way to escape the heat. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Former locals Lauren Pascoe and her son Elias (4 months) and Ryan Lehmann are in town for a little holiday, and since being back home they have been to the pool almost every day. They said it’s been the only way to escape the heat. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

At this point in summer, it’s possible that we Australians have forgotten what winter even feels like, thanks to the relentless heat.

Temperatures in Broken Hill and its surrounds have been on the rise again this week, after a brief and ever so slight drop to the mid-thirties over the weekend.

The weather has been described as dry, windy heat, and somewhat never-ending.

Although the temperatures aren’t of record-breaking proportions, the heat is still causing an impact.

Temperatures reached a high of 42.7 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, January 22, and 43.9 as of yesterday afternoon at 4pm. 

Today is forecast for 45 degrees and very hot and sunny, on Friday it is predicted to reach 46 degrees, very hot and windy.

There will be a slight decline in heat for Australia Day on Saturday with a forecast of 41 degrees.

We are then expected to feel a drastic drop in temperature on Sunday, when it will be just 30 degrees. 

In the past week a number of people have presented to the Broken Hill Hospital suffering from heat-related illnesses.

The Far West Local Health District wished to remind everyone to take precautions to beat the heat and take particular care against dehydration. 

FWLHD advises that the people become aware of symptoms of dehydration which include dizziness, tiredness, irritability, thirst, bright or dark yellow urine, loss of appetite and fainting.

Apart from dehydration, other illnesses caused by heat can include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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