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A welcome reprieve

Monday, 21st January, 2013

Brothers Lachie (5) and Brayden Collins (2) took advantage of the change on Saturday to go to Sturt Park. Brothers Lachie (5) and Brayden Collins (2) took advantage of the change on Saturday to go to Sturt Park.

By Emily Roberts

Everyone enjoyed a break from the hot weather over the weekend, but it will be heating up again this week.

On Saturday, the temperature reached 30 degrees, which was the lowest it had been since Monday, January 14, according to Weatherzone.

The minimum temperature on Friday didn't dip below 30 degrees.

The city also received 0.6 millimetres of rain, the first of the year.

But it won't stay cool, however, with Weatherzone predicting a 40-degree day on Thursday although it should drop to 33 degrees on Friday and Saturday.

The change in the weather has been welcomed by firefighters and National Parks.

National Parks' Acting West Darling area manager, John Holcombe, said in the Far West the parks were closed last week because it was too hot but were now open again.

"The situation would have been looked at and the fires and the weather would have been taken into consideration, Mr Holcombe said.

"It is also reviewed on a daily basis."

The parks also had plans in case they needed to be evacuated in an emergency, he said.

"If there are any issues, staff will look through the parks and advise people on what to do," he said. However, he still advised visitors to be careful, despite the lower fire danger.

"Make sure you have a sufficient supply of water, fuel and spare tyres.

"Let people know where you are going and when you are expected to get back.

"There have been fires as a result of lightning strikes - they can occur all over the country; anywhere that is combustible.

"If you are travellingin the region, consider the hot and dry area and take appropriate precautions."

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