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.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - – Jil­lian McKee

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

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Kristy Luck­man, Xavier and Brodie cool down at Rip­ples St Marys.

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