KEEPING COOL: Shauna Butler, 9, of Tyalgum, and Skye Veal, 9, of Wollongbar keep cool at the Lismore Kart Club Come and Try day at North Lismore on Saturday.
KEEPING COOL: Shauna Butler, 9, of Tyalgum, and Skye Veal, 9, of Wollongbar keep cool at the Lismore Kart Club Come and Try day at North Lismore on Saturday. Cathy Adams

Tropical heat engulfs region

TROPICAL weather conditions gave the Northern Rivers similar weather to Cairns in Far North Queensland at the weekend.

While Lismore residents were dealing with 38 degrees Celsius on Saturday afternoon and a dew point temperature of 25.3, the tropical city of Cairns was sitting in a pleasant 33.6 degrees and a dew point temperature of 20.9, according to data from the Bureau of Meteorology's website (BOM).

Dew point temperature is defined by the BOM as a measure of the moisture content of the air and is the temperature "to which air must be cooled in order for dew to form".

This means that it was more pleasant to be sitting out in a deck in Far North Queensland than in Lismore over the weekend.

Not so cool but happy to be out and about were the members of the Lismore Cart Club in their come-and-try day.

Boys and girls were wearing thick protective gear and helmets under the sweltering sun for the chance to jump into the carts and complete a lap.

Parents under the shading protection of tents ensured the children received proper hydration while having fun.

Northern Rivers Rural Fire Service volunteers worked last night to control an out-of-control two-hectare fire south of Tabulam on Chauvel Road which threatened four homes.

The RFS also continued to contain a small fire burning on the square peak of Edinburgh Castle, 60km north-west of Kyogle. The fire is believed to have started from a lightning strike on Wednesday night.

Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Superintendent Boyd Townsend said four aircraft worked to extinguish the fire.

Emergency services were also ensuring there was no fire risk to Broadwater National Park after a car rolled on the Broadwater to Evans Head Road about 2pm yesterday. The accident did not produce serious injuries but an amount of oil was spilled onto the road.

HOT SUNDAY

Ballina: 32.4 C

Cape Byron: 27.4 C

Casino: 37.8 C

Evans Head: 33.5 C

Lismore: 34.9 C

(Source: Bureau of Meteorology)



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