As the rest of Rockhampton swelters in the summer heat, Wayne Croyden and his crew at the PFD Food Services cold room don gloves and balaclavas to deal with the –22 degree temperature each day.
As the rest of Rockhampton swelters in the summer heat, Wayne Croyden and his crew at the PFD Food Services cold room don gloves and balaclavas to deal with the –22 degree temperature each day. Chris Ison

From one extreme to the other

WAYNE Croydon would be one of very few dressed like an eskimo during Rockhampton's summer.

No, he's not crazy, he has one of the city's coolest jobs.

The leading hand at Rockhampton's PFD Food Services dons padded pants, a thick jacket, gloves and a thermal balaclava when he goes to work, as there could be more than 57 degrees difference between his work and home environment.

Wayne works inside the large freezers on the premises, which sit at -22 degrees.

But the cold, and the heat, don't bother him.

"Twenty-two degrees below is a bit of a shock to the system," he said.

"It's pretty easy to work in there, but you can get nausea going from one extreme to another."

When he has a day off, Wayne said he tried to avoid the extreme heat, and, despite the constant temperature changes while he worked between the freezers and outside, he was proud to say he hardly ever got sick.

"I very rarely get a cold, people think you get it all the time," he said.

It reached 35 degrees in Rockhampton yesterday.

Today's maximum is expected to be a cooler 31 degrees on another mostly sunny day.

Showers are expected on the weekend.

 

WEEKEND WEATHER

Today:

Max: 31 degrees

30% chance of rain

Tomorrow:

Max: 28 degrees

60% chance of rain (10-20mm)

Sunday:

Max: 26 degrees

70% chance of rain (20-40mm)

Source: weatherzone.com.au



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