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Coolers conk out as mercury rises

Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013

Nate Nielsen (3) enjoys the water and ice while the air conditioner is broken at Playtime Preschool. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Nate Nielsen (3) enjoys the water and ice while the air conditioner is broken at Playtime Preschool. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Emily Roberts

The warm temperatures may be a welcome change around the city, but for a number of businesses broken air conditioners have come at the wrong time.

Playtime Preschool and Big W have been without air conditioning for weeks.

Playtime Preschool Centre director, Tess Gilmour sent out a warning to parents yesterday to keep their children home, if possible.

“We’ve been without an air conditioner for about two weeks,” she said.

“We weren’t sure if we would get a air cooler, so we asked parents to keep their children home (yesterday).”

City Council were able to provide some relief.

“Council have been really good and really helpful ... they supplied an industrial air conditioner for us,” Ms Gilmour said.

“I think they’re just waiting on a part from interstate before they can fix (our cooling system).

“Now we have that cooler, parents can bring their children in.”

She said the staff had done a number of things to keep the children cool.

“We’ve put ice around, it’s melted though,” she said.

“But we have just been encouraging the children with water play.”

Big W’s air conditioning, at Centro Westside, has also been down.

There are reports that the system has been broken for weeks.

Centro run the air conditioning and refused to comment.

But a spokesman from Woolworths Limited said they have been in contact with Centro.

“We have been in contact to work on a solution to fix the coolers,” he said.

“Temporary measures have been put in place such as mobile air conditioning units.”

According to Weatherzone, yesterday’s daytime maximum temperatures ranged from 35 to 41 degrees. At midday it was 37 degrees.

The winds came in from North West/North East 25 to 35 km/h tending North West in the middle of the day then shifted South/South East 20 to 30 km/h in the evening.

Today the temperature is expected to remain the same as yesterday, reaching 35 degrees.

By Wednesday, temperatures will drop to the low 20s before picking up on the weekend.

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