Scene set for long, hot summer

By TAMARA KEMP

IF YOU think it's hot in Rock- hampton now, think again.

Rockhampton Bureau of Me- teorology forecaster Mike Grif- fin said Central Queensland could expect temperatures to reach up to 36 degrees over the next couple of days.

He said high temperatures would come with high hu- midity.

"Don't forget to slip, slop, slap,'' he said.

"People over 70 and under four should stay indoors with air-conditioning because when it gets this hot these particular age groups can suffer signifi- cantly.''

He said the leap into hot weather was no different to last year's first five days of October.

"Last year we recorded 33.1 degrees on October 1, 35 degrees on October 2, about 32 on the third, fourth and fifth day.

Mr Griffin said there was a chance of possible isolated thun- derstorms predicted for the weekend.

He said strong 20 to 25 knot north-east to north-westerly winds would pick up by Satur- day afternoon.

"The average rainfall for Oc- tober is 50.8mm and so far we have not received anything.



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