Hot and dry but records not broken
Tuesday, 30th January, 2018
It’s been a dry, hot January but the forecast is looking up with a drop in temperature from today.
For the past few weeks most of the region has been sweltering away in high 30s and low 40s.
It has prompted a local business to warn residents against taking their pets out in the heat.
PetsTucker’s Tayla Cuffe said she had become concerned over the past few weeks when seeing dog owners walking their dogs.
She took their temperature reader for their cool room and used it to read the temperature of the cement.
Often when it was 40 degrees the cement would be over 60 degrees.
“People were coming in and saying they didn’t realise the cement would be hotter than the temperature.
“It’s just important to remember how hot the cement is on your dogs paws.
“And it retains heat, even if the sun sets the cement might still be hot.”
The city has received very little rain. The average rainfall in January is 30.5mm. To date, Broken Hill has received 0.8mm.
This is considerably less than last year which was 15.6mm which fell over four days in January.
The lowest temperature was 12.8 degrees on January 14 and the highest was 44.3 degrees on January 20, according to Weatherzone.
It hasn’t broken any records yet with the highest on record in 2001 on January 14 with the temperature reaching 45.3 degrees.
The average maximum temperature this month has been 37.7 degrees which is 4.2 higher than normal.
Over the past five days the minimum temperature hasn’t dipped below 24 degrees.
A spokeswoman from the Bureau of Meteorology said a cool change is forecast.
“It is set to be much nicer, instead of the 40 degrees that you have been having,” she said.
“Today is looking to reach about 28 degrees with a change of showers.
“This weather should last most of the week and slowly start to climb by next week.
“It will be a nice few days before going up.”