Pool the place to be as mercury rises
Feeling the heat? Residents did what they could to stay cool over the long weekend with temperatures reaching a sweltering 38C. But don’t worry - there is relief in sight.
THOUSANDS of local residents flocked to the water to escape the heat over the long weekend.
With the mercury reaching 38C on Monday and 37C on Tuesday it was unseasonably hot for the October long weekend.
However, a Bureau of Meteor- ology spokesman said Western Sydney residents could expect to see temperatures cool down over the next week.
“It will be significantly cooler from Wednesday, with temperatures reaching only 24C and 21C on Thursday. The weather will start to warm up again, reaching 30C on Monday,” he said.
Ripples St Marys bore the brunt of the crowds, with more than 3500 people through the doors over the long weekend.
A centre spokeswoman said it was busy all weekend.
“It was great to see both kids and parents having a ball in the water,” she said.
Ripples urged residents to keep kids safe in hotter months.
“We are encouraging parents to keep their kids safe by enrolling them in learn to swim classes,” the spokeswoman said.
Matilda, 3, cools down at Ripples St Marys on Monday. Picture: PETER KELLY
Kristy Luckman, Xavier and Brodie cool down at Ripples St Marys.