Saturday, 12th March, 2016
Menindee has suffered nine consecutive days of over 40 degrees temperatures - the second longest run of 40 plus degree days.
A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology, David Barlow, said the temperature dropped to 34 degrees on Thursday at Menindee.
“The longest run was in 2009, which was 14 days of 40 degree days it ran from January 26 to February 8.
“The reason for the hot weather is a prolonged high pressure over New Zealand and there hadn’t been a significant change in air mass.
“So there were no cold fronts coming through.
“There was an inland trough which built up the heat and there was nothing to push it away.”
The cloud cover from Thursday’s rain helped cool temperatures down.
But it won’t last with the end of next week set to heat up again.
Menindee resident Karen Page said the heat had hit residents.
“The heat has been very tiring with residents having to keep cool with their air coolers going 24/7,” she said.
“If you did need to venture out, the town looked deserted.
“We had a cool change come in (Thursday) that brought with it 12mm of much needed rain for our tanks.
“The Weir 32 pool that is supplying Broken Hill at the moment is the lowest that I have ever seen it, and with this heat I am sure there would have been evaporation in Lake Wetherell, how long that water will last is anyone’s guess.”
Mrs Page said at this rate she believed bore water would be used very soon.
“The bores that have been put in Menindee Lake and on the Tallywalker to supply Broken Hill are not expected to be needed until at least spring 2017.
“But if DPI Water and (Water Minister) Niall Blair continue to hold all water above Bourke, it is my opinion that the bores will be needed long before that.
“I am very disappointed that the NSW Premier Mike Baird is not interested in making a trip out to Menindee to see for himself how the community is being treated by his government, we are residents of NSW and we are being neglected.
“Is this being done to us intentionally to try and force the small communities off the rivers, it sure looks like it to me.”