Staying cool as temps rise

TODAY people in the region have been doing their best to stay out of the heat - flocking to beaches, heading to the pool, turning on the air-conditioning, heading, or taking refugee at the local cinemas and shopping centres.

As of 2pm today temperatures were at 31.5 degrees Celsius in Lismore, 28.5 in Ballina, and 31.7 in Casino, with locals warned that it may not be the highest points of the day.

Manager of Ballina Fair Cinemas, Paul McGrath, said they had experienced a huge influx of people headed to see a movie and escape the heat today.

"We've had a lot of people coming through the door with a big sense of relief as they walk into air conditioning," he laughed.

Residents of the region are reminded once again that a total fire ban has been in place on the Far North Coast, as well as many other areas of NSW today.

In the last few days, the NSW Rural Fire Service has been warning the public to stay updated and be prepared, with clear messages sent out from Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

"I cannot say it more plainly: the risk is real and potentially deadly. People need to act now," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

"Our advice to people is to be prepared, stay informed and take action."

Part of this, as the RFS has made clear, is to have a fire action plan if there is a chance your home may be in danger.

For information on current fire incidents, warnings, updates and total fire bans, visit rfs.nsw.gov.au



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