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Electricity use surges during heatwave

Tuesday, 21st January, 2014

A sunset on Sunday night taken from the BH Cemetery. PICTURE: Merrill Lines A sunset on Sunday night taken from the BH Cemetery. PICTURE: Merrill Lines

Last week’s heat wave put increased demand for electricity and water in the city.

Essential Energy’s Guy Chick said the demand for electricity coincided with the week’s hottest day.

“During last week’s extreme heat wave, peak electricity demand for Broken Hill registered at 36 megawatts and coincided with the week’s highest temperature on Tuesday around 2pm, when the mercury hit 43.6 degrees,” Mr Chick said.

“Similarly, there was a marked increase in water consumption also during last week’s heat wave.”

Consumption crept up each day, peaking on Wednesday at 28 megalitres.

“Generally, daily water consumption during summer is around 24 megalitres per day,” he said.

With cooler temperatures predicted later this week, Mr Chick said Essential Energy would anticipate that both electricity and water consumption would go back to regular levels.

Weatherzone predicts that today’s temperature will reach 35 degrees before dropping to 32 degrees. By Friday, it is predicted to be 29 degrees with a chance of showers.

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