Life­savers gear up for busy fes­tive sea­son

South Western Times - - Front Page - Stu­art McGuckin

City of Bun­bury Surf Life Sav­ing Club vol­un­teers Belinda and Emma Stegmann and club di­rec­tor of life­sav­ing Richard Banks get pre­pared for the warm yet com­fort­able weather this fes­tive sea­son. Vol­un­teer life guards will be pa­trolling the beach through­out the hol­i­day pe­riod as peo­ple flock to the ocean to beat the heat.

It looks likely that Bun­bury res­i­dents will en­joy rea­son­ably com­fort­able weather for Christ­mas next week, while the mer­cury will climb higher for ar­eas of the South West fur­ther in­land.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s seven-day fore­cast pre­dicts the city will be head­ing for a top of 27C on Tues­day.

It is 3C cooler than what has been recorded in Bun­bury on three of the past four Christ­mas Days. Bu­reau spokesman Neil Ben­nett said it looked as though it would be clear and sunny across the State.

“We’ve got some very hot tem­per­a­tures through the north and also away from the coastal strip down the west coast,” he said.

“Along the south coast it will be a lit­tle cooler with tem­per­a­tures in the high 20s and low 30s.

“It’s look­ing like it will be very pleas­ant for much of the whole of the South West.”

The all im­por­tant fore­cast for Christ­mas Eve also looks clear.

“It doesn’t look like there will be too much tur­bu­lence for the rein­deer,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“It should be smooth fly­ing for the sleigh, but Santa will have to have a change of clothes for when he flies into Aus­tralia.

“Noth­ing should be hin­der­ing the flight though and he should be around Western Aus­tralia nice and safely.”

Fur­ther in­land tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to climb into the low to mid 30s in Col­lie, Har­vey and Boyup Brook without the aid of the cool­ing sea breeze.

Tem­per­a­tures are fore­cast to climb above 30C this week­end be­fore the the mer­cury falls on Christ­mas Eve and Christ­mas Day.

“We’re look­ing at cool­ing sea breezes on the coast to keep tem­per­a­tures down a lit­tle but away from the coast the tem­per­a­tures are re­ally go­ing to climb,” Mr Ben­nett.

“There re­ally isn’t mas­sive cool­ing and heat­ing in the South West be­cause the air mass will con­tinue to sit there.”

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy's Neil Ben­nett.

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