Moree melts in record heatwavePhotos

KEEPING COOL: Amelia Powlton and Maddie Lumb enjoy some delicious ice-cream from Sullivan’s Newsagency on Wednesday.
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Moree residents are doing everything they can to keep cool this week as the record-breaking hot weather continues, with a stretch of 40-degree temperatures in store until at least Tuesday.

We arecurrently up to 37straight daysof 35-degree plus temperatures, more than double the previous record set in the summer of 1981/82, and this looks set to continue.

Another record could well be broken over the next week, as Moree buckles down for seven straight days of40-degree temperatures –equal that of the record set in November 2009.

Wednesday kicked off this latest40-degree period with a top of 42, while Thursdayis set to peak at a sweltering 44 degrees. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are each expected to reach 42 degrees. Tuesday is expected to be 43.

Bill Crawford, owner/manager of Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal said this summer hasbeen pretty tough with temperatures about 55 degrees ontop of a roof in this heat.

“We’ve been up on roofs every day …it gets pretty extreme,” he said.

“It’s the extended period of heat which knocks us up the most, it wears you down.”

FEELING HOT: Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on top of a roof in Wednesday’s heat.

While outside workers are sweltering, a number of local businesses are benefitting from the heat spell.

Yates Refridgeration and Airconditioning has seen a huge surge in business.

“I’ve never seen so many installs,” co-owner Sheryline Yates said. “We’ve been constantly inundated with people wanting air-conditioners installed. We’ve got installs almost every day.”

Mrs Yates said while business has always been busy around this time, this year has been particularly demanding.

“We’re just flat-out; there seems to be an influx all at once.”

Harvey Norman Moreehas experienced one of its biggest seasons for air-conditioner sales, which franchisee Marc Pigdon said has been constant since December.

“Every day there’s been a constant flow of people in the store looking for air-conditioners,” he said.

“We’ve sold out two or three times and have had to get stock from out-of-state.”

HOT SELLERS: Harvey Norman Moree franchisee Marc Pigdon said air conditioners have been in high demand this summer.

Mr Pigdon said portable air-conditioners have been most popular as people look for immediate relief, while split systems have also been popularas alonger-term solution, and surprisingly, the “old window rattlers” havebeen selling well.

Fans have also been walking out the door of Harvey Norman Moree as people look for additional ways to cool their houses.

“We ordered 100 fans at the start of the season and they were gone by mid-December,” Mr Pigdon said.

“People will come in for something else and they’ll grab a few pedestal fans.”

In addition to fans and air-conditioners, more people have also been buying new refridgerators and even blenders.

“It certainly has been a great season,” Mr Pigdon said.

Moree melts in record heatwave | Photos Maddie Lumb and dog Phoebe have fun cooling off under the sprinkler. Photo contributed by Heidi White.

Phoebe cools off under the sprinkler. Photo contributed by Heidi White.

Maddie and Alice Gough with Zohie Lobsy cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Morgan, Holly and Blayne O’Dempsey cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Jodie and Evie Anderson cool off at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Shaylee and Jacqueline enjoy the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Owen on the slide.

Owen has fun on the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Owen has fun on the slide at Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre.

Harper Anderson comes down the slide.

Matthew Anderson on the slide.

Birds finding the shade.

Carolyn Osmond waters the plants at the Fork and Spade Nursery.

Charlie the friendly cockatoo at Fork and Spade Nursery stays hydrated in this heat.

19-year-old duck Handicap doesn’t move far from his water under the shade at Fork and Spade Nursery.

Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on a boiling roof on Wednesday.

Crawford Roofing and Asbestos Removal’s Jarrad Bradford and Priit Kivivare were all smiles, despite sweating it out on a boiling roof on Wednesday.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

Storm has fun cooling off in the river.

It doesn’t take long for ice-cream to melt in this heat.

Fun on the slide with water. Photo contributed by Jodie Litchfield.

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