Turn­ing the heat right up


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Liz Mellino

Shep­par­ton is in for a scorcher this week with tem­per­a­tures set to reach a record break­ing 46°C to­mor­row.

Shep­par­ton reached a new daily heat record for Jan­uary less than two weeks ago, when tem­per­a­tures hit a stag­ger­ing 44.6°C on Jan­uary 4.

With the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy pre­dict­ing 44°C for to­day and 46°C to­mor­row, it ap­pears this new daily record will be short-lived.

‘‘We are look­ing at tem­per­a­tures well into the 40s across much of north­ern Vic­to­ria dur­ing this week, with tem­per­a­tures peak­ing (to­day and to­mor­row),’’ Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy se­nior fore­caster Michael Efron said.

‘‘There is the po­ten­tial for some Jan­uary records to be bro­ken with tem­per­a­tures get­ting up to around 45 or 46, so cer­tainly ex­treme con­di­tions.’’

With ex­treme heat fore­cast dur­ing the day and tem­per­a­tures set to stay in the mid-20s at night, res­i­dents are be­ing urged to take care of their own health and those around them.

Greater Shep­par­ton City Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity direc­tor Kaye Thomson stressed the im­por­tance of recog­nis­ing the signs of heat stress, par­tic­u­larly in the el­derly, chil­dren, those without air-con­di­tion­ers, and preg­nant or breast­feed­ing women.

‘‘I would like to urge the com­mu­nity to look out for their neigh­bours par­tic­u­larly if they are el­derly or un­well, many vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple do not have friends or rel­a­tives liv­ing nearby so make sure to keep an eye on them over the next few days,’’ Ms Thomson said.

‘‘Chil­dren are also at risk of heat stress as they get hot­ter faster than adults and their bod­ies are less able to reg­u­late tem­per­a­ture . . . please never leave kids, pets or adults in a parked car dur­ing hot weather.’’

Se­vere fire dan­ger rat­ings are pre­dicted for parts of Vic­to­ria over the next cou­ple of days, but Mr Efron said con­di­tions would be dif­fer­ent to clas­sic fire days that bring strong northerly winds.

He said north­ern Vic­to­ria was likely to ex­pe­ri­ence south-west­erly winds pick­ing up dur­ing the late af­ter­noon and into the evening to­day, which would likely in­crease the risk of fire dan­ger.

With con­di­tions set to be ex­treme, it ap­pears re­lief from the heat will only be short­lived with a cool change fore­cast for Sat­ur­day be­fore tem­per­a­tures are set to rise once again into the high 30s next week.

‘‘Later on Fri­day we will see a change cross­ing the state which will bring some re­lief, es­pe­cially across north­ern parts of the state with tem­per­a­tures drop­ping be­low 30 across the week­end,’’ Mr Efron said.

‘‘We are set for some ex­cep­tion­ally ex­treme con­di­tions across north­ern Vic­to­ria.’’ ● For emer­gency in­for­ma­tion dur­ing the heat, down­load the VicEmer­gency App, or visit emer­gency.vic.gov.au

Fun in float­ies: Lo­gan Bela, 3, from Mooroopna.

Keep­ing cool: Un­dera’s Jack­son Kirby, 7, hav­ing a splash at Aquamoves yes­ter­day.

Hang­ing out: Miller Dodds, 8, Nate Pelly, 8, and Jack Pelly, 3, from Shep­par­ton.

Tak­ing aim: Jack Pelly, 3, from Shep­par­ton.

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