Heatwave takes its toll at TAFE
Intense heat conditions are taking a toll . . . and not just on humans and animals.
Several branches from the eucalyptus trees surrounding Deniliquin TAFE came down over the weekend.
There has been no serious damage to the Deniliquin TAFE campus as a result, although a few fences have been flattened by the falling limbs.
The PASTORAL TIMES believes it is related to the heat and ongoing dry conditions, with the fallen branches appearing very dry and brittle.
People are warned to take care around the trees in order to avoid serious injury or death.
It’s not great news given we will all be scrambling for whatever shade we can find as the mercury soars again.
Temperatures this week are predicted to exceed weather records of modern times, with 47°C predicted for tomorrow.
Modern weather data records show the highest January temperature on record was 46°C on January 23, 2001.
However, the Bureau of Meteorology’s more thorough weather data places the record at 49.6°C on January 12, 1878.
Today is predicted to only be two degrees cooler than the week’s top, and then we’ll see a steady decline in the weather until the end of the week.
At this stage Thursday is predicted to have a top of 43°C, then down to 40°C on Friday and a more comfortable 32°C and 33°C on Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Remember to stay hydrated and keep out of direct sunlight and the heat if you can.
Don’t risk it
District residents are being urged to use common sense this week as the mercury soars to stifling temperatures.
It comes after Mid Murray Rural Fire Service firefighters were called to a rubbish fire which could have caused a significant amount of damage in Koraleigh on Friday night, about 9.30pm.
‘‘We don’t want anyone to light fires in this 40 plus weather,’’ NSW Rural Fire Service District Co-ordinator Doug Adamson said.
Spread it out
The other thing to watch out for in these blistering conditions, according to Mr Adamson, is a hay stack fire.
A 600-bale blaze at Barham on Friday morning was the sixth in the Mid Murray Rural Fire Service zone so far this summer, and was still smouldering on Monday.
Mr Adamson warns there could be more given the weather conditions.
He said bale temperatures should be monitored regularly, and bales separated if it’s getting too hot.
Sam’s at it again
Was it something we said? In our previous two editions we’ve reported the rise of cricketer Sam Harper — son of Deniliquin & District Cricket Association legend Bryan Harper.
In P.Tee on Friday (‘Sam’s the Man’) we reported he received Man of the Match honours against the Hobart Hurricanes as an edition featuring an article on Sam and his father was going to print.
In what seems like deja vu, as we went to print Thursday night Sam was again dominating for the Melbourne Renegades and for the second match in a row he was awarded Man of the Match.
Sam surpassed his highest score of 36 with a 56 run effort for the ‘Gades’ helping to chase down the 144 run target set by the Brisbane Heat.
In his not out match winning effort, Sam hit seven fours and a six off 40 balls for a strike rate of 140.0.
Unfortunately Sam’s good run came to an end on Sunday night when the Renegades were thrashed by the Brisbane Heat at Kardinia Park in Geelong.
Sam hit six runs off nine balls, including one four, before being caught by Max Bryant (Man of the Match) at cover off bowler Josh Lalor.
An array of local artists will be showcased in a new exhibition at the Peppin Heritage Centre in George St, Deniliquin starting this Thursday.
Sixteen of the 22 artists involved in the local local art group, ArtLife, will be showcased in the exhibition space.
It is the group’s first exhibition and will run through until Wednesday, February 20.
All works on display can be purchased.
Entry to the exhibition space in $3 per person.
Students arrived at the Deni TAFE campus yesterday to find a number of fallen branches, some which had flattened fences.