THE nights may be getting a little cooler, but there are still plenty of hot days to come as we pass the halfway mark of summer.
Kelly Torrens, from Casino, spent yesterday keeping her three children and five nephews cool at the Casino pool.
“It’s just too hot to stay at home,” she said. “You’ve got to get the kids out of the house during the holidays.
“Yesterday we went to the beach, today we’re here.
“It keeps them happy and they love coming here where they can be with their friends.”
Pool manager Michael Freney admitted the kids could be a handful, but he was happy with the season so far.
“The rain over Christmas and New Year was nice. It gave us a spell to get everything green again before the swim safety program activities,” he said.
This summer’s relentless northerly winds are set to continue, with the weather bureau forecasting a weekend of temperatures in the mid-30s right through to Sunday and without a southerly in sight.
The Rural Fire Service’s Superintendent Boyd Townsend warned rural residents not to become complacent as rising temperatures and falling humidity levels would increase the fire dangers over the next week.
With Australia Day on the horizon and schools returning next Thursday, summer holidays are officially drawing to a close so weekend crowds are expected to flock to the beaches.
Lifesavers are begging beach-goers to swim between the flags and avoid alcohol on the beach after a horror period on local beaches.
Northern NSW Lifeguard co-ordinator Scott McCartney strongly advised swimmers to stick to the patrolled beaches.
Surfers hanging out for the cyclone swells will have to settle for a nice little 0.6m surf – though best before the breezes get up throughout the day.
With two cyclones in the Top End and high seas predicted in South-East Queensland, it shouldn’t be long before the big waves arrive.