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It's hot but relief coming

Wednesday, 2nd February, 2011

Railwaytown resident Val Eichler makes sure she keeps her fluids up, the fan on and the air conditioner turned up high during the hot weather. Railwaytown resident Val Eichler makes sure she keeps her fluids up, the fan on and the air conditioner turned up high during the hot weather.

Broken Hill has been sweating out a four-day heatwave but relief is on the way with temperatures set to ease tomorrow.

The mercury hit 40 degrees yesterday afternoon after a weekend maximum average of 38.9 degrees, but with some rain expected today temperatures should cool over the next several days.

Local weatherman and co-operative observer for the Bureau of Meteorology, Philip Mew, said once the temperature rises above 37.8 degrees over several days, then that period can be classed as a heat wave.

Mr Mew said the thunderstorms forecast to hit the city tomorrow should also bring a cool change.

He also offered some tips on how to stay cool.

"With the very young and old, don't worry too much about the cost of power, and put your air conditioner on early."

"When you cool the house down, you can then turn it back down to low."

Railwaytown resident Val Eichler said she keeps up her fluids all day andregularly cools her down her home.

Country Water's Fran Parker said the reservoirs were still full"and they were "keeping up with the demand."

"Our water supply is going very nicely." 

Today's maximum is forecast to be 37 degrees with a low of 26 degrees and possible showers.

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