Heatwave to ease a little, but leave your jumper at home

ONE reader had the mercury hitting 43°C in Rappville yesterday and the Bureau of Meteorology recorded a top of 38°C for Casino.

Lismore topped at 35°C while cape Byron had a pleasant 25°C.

No matter where you were, it was a great day to head to the local pool or beach.

COOL CUSTOMER: Deklan enjoying a cool, refreshing swim at the Lismore Memorial Baths yesterday. The temperature peaked at 35°C in the city yesterday.
COOL CUSTOMER: Deklan enjoying a cool, refreshing swim at the Lismore Memorial Baths yesterday. The temperature peaked at 35°C in the city yesterday. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Temperatures are expected to ease a little today, ranging between 26°C at Byron and Tweed and 31°C at Grafton.

TODAY'S FORECAST

  • Byron Bay - Possible shower, 26
  • Lismore - Possible shower, 30
  • Grafton - Mostly sunny, 31
  • Ballina - Mostly sunny, 27
  • Tweed Heads - Possible shower, 26

Surf Life Saving Lifeguard supervisor Scott McCartney said big crowds enjoyed a great day on the beaches yesterday, with no major incidents or rescues.

It was a day of total fire ban and despite the hot, dry winds, Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Superintendent Michael Brett said the weather had been fairly favourable for fire fighters.

The Rural Fire Service has downgraded the region's fire danger rating from "severe" to "very high".

The number of fires burning across the region has increased with blazes burning out of control south west of Urbenville.

>>See a map of fires burning around NSW

Supt Brett said a fire at Myall Creek, west of Whiporie, which was sparked by lightning on Saturday, was the main concern for the fire service yesterday.

Due to the fire burning in inaccessible National Park and private property, Supt Brett said they will have to manage the blaze, which could burn out up to 2000ha, with containment lines.

"At the moment we are playing the waiting game to see what is happening with the weather as a southerly change is predicted to hit the Northern Rivers."

Supt Brett said a fire in rough country off Stead Rd at Jiggi, which was also sparked by a lightning strike on Saturday, was under control and being patrolled.

"Tomorrow we have a high fire danger rating so all permits are suspended," Supt Brett said. "People found lighting fires will be reported to the police and face stiff new fines."

Reduce the fire risk

THE hot, dry and windy weather should be a reminder to landowners that having an up-to-date Bush Fire Survival Plan is the key to surviving a bush fire.

RFS Superintendent Boyd Townsend said there are five simple steps to reducing the risk of bush or grass fires:

  • Prepare a Bush Fire Survival Plan
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters
  • Maintain grass, keeping it short
  • Remove potentially flammable items like mulch or wood piles
  • Trim back branches close to your home.


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