Beach beckons as mer­cury climbs

Broome Advertiser - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley and Jakeb Wad­dell

Ca­ble Beach was the best place to be last week as the mer­cury in Broome soared to a swel­ter­ing Oc­to­ber record of 43.4C.

The tem­per­a­ture peaked at 11.21am on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 30, but an on-shore breeze dur­ing the af­ter­noon helped cool things down to about 41C by 2.30pm.

The fore­cast max­i­mum for the day was 42C.

The scorch­ing tem­per­a­ture broke the pre­vi­ous record for Broome in Oc­to­ber, which was 42.8C on Oc­to­ber 30, 1953.

The high­est tem­per­a­ture for any month in Broome was 44.8C on De­cem­ber 10, 1951.

A Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy spokesman said ex­ces­sive heat oc­curs when hot east­erly or north-east­erly winds stop the sea breeze from re­duc­ing tem­per­a­tures.

Lo­cal Blake Ri­ley made the most of the swel­ter­ing heat, head­ing to the beach with vis­it­ing friend Kieran Tom­lin.

But Divers Tav­ern gen­eral man­ager Pat Jen­nings en­cour­aged the town to get in­doors, throw­ing an “air-con­di­tioned happy hour” at the pop­u­lar pub.

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