Heat wave cool

By BELINDA SCOTT

WHEN Peter Miles, principal of Coramba Public School, checked his thermometer at noon yesterday the mercury had reached 40 degrees Celsius.

It hadn't moved by 3pm. But while the valleys may have sweltered yesterday, Coffs Harbour and other coastal centres were saved from the State's heatwave by a north-easterly sea breeze.

In a day which saw Wilcannia distinguish itself early in the season by topping the State with a temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, Coffs Harbour recorded a top temperature of just 30C at 3pm, with other coastal centres recording figures in the low 30s, from 31C at Heritage Park to a top of 33C at Mt Seaview, west of Port Macquarie.

Dorrigo managed a top of just 27C at 3pm, although the duty observer at the Bureau of Meteorology said some centres could see a slight rise after 3pm.

"We had one child vomiting, I think mainly from heat stress and running around too much," Mr Miles said.

"On a day like today we open the air-conditioned classrooms and encourage the children to have lunch in there.

"We had an assembly this morning and told the children to drink lots of water and not to play soccer out in the sun. There was no sea breeze this side of Red Hill."

Maureen Macdonnell said it was pretty hot at Bowraville Central School, too, but there was no thermometer in her school office.

The prediction for today is a hot 33C for Coffs Harbour, with a late gusty south-westerly cool change to end the day.



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