Heat to hang on for days



FOR Drew Aisthorpe, counting chickens is the best part of his job.

The 17-year-old Red Rooster employee says spending time in the cold room is the coolest job at work, especially when the temperature hits 35 outside.

Yesterday temperatures soared to 35.3 degrees in Rockhampton and 30 in Yeppoon.

"It's the only time I'm not working up a sweat,'' Drew said.

"It's much cooler working in there than cooking chips over the fryer.''

Weather has been a hot topic in town this week and the forecast is it's likely to stay that way. While other parts of Queensland are enjoying thunderstorms and rainfall, Rockhampton Weather Bureau forecaster, Mike Marrinan said Rockhampton is likely to remain fine and sultry over the weekend. "Temperatures are above average for this time of year,'' he said. "Overnight temps are about two to five degrees hotter than average at the moment.''

Temperatures around Central Queensland are likely to remain above average this weekend, with Rockhampton expected to reach mid 30s today and tomorrow.

Yeppoon is also tipped to remain in the low 30s and Gladstone is expected to reach mid 30s.



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