Whetu Tokotaua in a shower of sweat as he works in nearly 40 degree conditions at The Rocks development.
Whetu Tokotaua in a shower of sweat as he works in nearly 40 degree conditions at The Rocks development.

Storm blow heat away



ROCKHAMPTON'S thirst for rain was quenched as storms swept through the city, breaking yesterday's sizzling heat.

The cool change came about in the afternoon, after Rockhampton had tipped the mercury at 40 degrees (104 degrees farenheit).

According to the Bureau of Meteorology website, Rockhampton recorded 7.4mm of rain yesterday.

Beads of sweat trickled down the back of Whetu Tokotaua as he worked hard on Rockhampton's The Rocks development.

It looked as though the 18-year-old scaffolder, who been working in the heat since 6am, had returned from a dip in the Fitzroy River from the way he was perspiring.

For about four weeks, Mr Tokotaua has worked on the Quay Street development, wearing little more than drips of sweat like ants on an ant hill.

"We start at 6am everyday to beat the heat, but by about 7am, it's shirts off because it's too hot.''

Mr Tokotaua said he takes five-minute breaks to prevent himself from dehydrating.

Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Griffin said Rockhampton reached a top of 39.9 degrees yesterday, 7.9 degrees above average for this time of year.

"Yeppoon was hotter than Rockhampton on Tuesday with a top of 38.8 degrees while Rocky was 38.2 degrees,'' he said.

Temperatures would remain in the mid to high 30s during the next couple of days.

"We can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms through Capricornia at the end of the week with maybe some relief early next week from the heat.



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