No chill for firing fit fellas
By KATE HARVEY-JONES
WELDER and boiler maker, Andrew Harris, works in the ideal place to weather out the cold snap which has descended over the Northern Rivers.
Andrew said that the sweat poured down his face and stings his eyes on some days.
At Paul Jones Steel and Spring in South Lismore, there is no need to pay for central heating when the furnaces burn up to 1400 degrees Celsius, and your job includes welding, steel manufacturing and hammering.
The 20-year-old Kyogle man said he wore a work shirt, a sweater and a leather jacket yesterday but quickly lost his layers when he got to work.
"It's hot, sweaty work. I occasionally go to the gym but I don't really need to. This job makes you bulk up."
Andrews's boss, Phil Jones, said that his employee had worked at the steelworks for four and a half years.
"You need muscle to work in this place. There's no fat workers here. They don't last," he said.
The Bureau of Meteorology said that Wednesday, when the cold weather hit, was the coldest day in the Northern Rivers last week.
Cape Byron lighthouse recorded a minimum temperature of 13.2 degrees Celsius and no maximum was recoreded on Wednesday.
Casino Airport recorded a minimum temperature of 8.5 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 20 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.
Lismore recorded a minimum temperature of 11.3 de- grees Celsius on Wednesday and a maximum of 19.5 degrees Celsius.
Ballina recorded a minimum temperature of 5.4 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 19.3 degrees Celsius.
Northern Star weather watcher Noel Johnston, from Clunes, agreed that the weather has been unusually cold with patches of rain.
"It's been way too cold recently and we have only had ten millimetres of rain since June 10," Noel said.
Noel added that it was even too cold to watch the footy on the weekend.
"I had to go to bed and turn on my electric blanket," he said.
Repentance Creek weather watcher Bev Stewart said that it had been cold but they had not had a frost yet.
"I remember years when we have had a frost every day during the month of June," she said.
Bev said that black frosts, where soft plants freeze and break, had bypassed Repen- tance Creek this month.