Be prepared for a long, hot summer

The warm weather has finally arrived so grab the towel and head to the beach to escape the heat because this season is expected
The warm weather has finally arrived so grab the towel and head to the beach to escape the heat because this season is expected

THE heat is on!

Summer has finally arrived on the Coffs Coast with temperatures in the city reaching 31.3 degrees by lunchtime yesterday.

But, if you think that's hot, you're lucky you weren't visiting Kempsey or Taree where top temperatures reached the 37 deg mark, with the highest reading inland at Bourke with a scorching 43 deg.

The Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology said today expect to see temperatures reach the low 30s again, although by the afternoon it should calm down with the arrival of a late southerly.

This front will move up the coast and there could be some showers coming our way by the end of the week.

Just in time for the arrival of summer the NRMA has launched a campaign highlighting the dangers of leaving children in cars.

NRMA Motoring and Services director Jan McClelland said on a typical summer day, the temperature inside a parked car can be 30-40 degrees hotter than the temperature outside.

"Locking your children in a car ? especially in the scorching summer heat ? is deadly and against the law," Ms McClelland said.

"It is against the law and there are fines of up to $22,000 under the Children and Young Persons' Act.

"Young children become distressed, dehydrate and can easily die from organ failure if left in a car with oven-like temperatures."

Minister for Community Services Reba Meagher also reminds parents this summer that they face severe fines for leaving their child in a car.

Television commercials highlighting the dangers of leaving children locked in cars on a hot day begin this week.

If you need to go out in the car in hot weather with your children you should:

Try to keep trips to the coolest part of the day;

Keep the windows open while the car is moving or use the air-conditioner;

Never leave babies or young children alone in a car, no matter what the weather. Even in mild weather, cars quickly become too hot for small children.

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