Hot, but not like Sydney
By ROXANNE MILLAR
AS the rest of NSW sizzled, the Tweed was spared from scorching temperatures yesterday as cool breezes hit the coastline.
Temperatures at Murwillumbah and Coolangatta failed to break any records but still kept locals sweating over summer highs to come.
Statistics showed Sydney battling unseasonal heat above 40 degrees, while the Tweed enjoyed a "cool" 35 degrees at Murwillumbah and 29 degrees at Coolangatta yesterday.
Bureau forecaster David Millhouse said these local temperatures were close to the November and December daily average maximums and were not un- seasonally hot.
He said the Tweed should not expect any record-breaking temperatures in the next few weeks, despite the conditions throughout the rest of NSW.
"Thursday a cool change is expected so we are not talking about making any records before then," he said.
Weather records show Murwillumbah's 35 degrees is above the 29.3 degree December daily average maximum recorded for the town, and that Coolangatta's is spot on the 28 degree average for December. These averages are two degrees above November averages.
Mr Millhouse said the warm weather wave had been caused by a ridge off the coast that was blowing warm north north-westerlies around south-east Queensland.
A very high to extreme fire danger is in place throughout the Far North Coast.
A south to south-east change is expected to bring relief with the possibility of showers and isolated thunder storms which will have many Far North Coast residents wary.
In recent years, extreme high temperatures have been followed by severe storms, causing extensive damage in the region.
"Those areas close to the sea, like the Tweed, have the heat modified by afternoon sea breezes so they don't feel as hot," Mr Millhouse said.
"It is still hot though and will be until Thursday."
In other locations across the Northern Rivers, Grafton sweltered under 40 degrees, the mercury hit 38 at various locations around Lismore, while the State's highest temperature was shared by White Cliffs, Ivanhoe and Wilcannia which all reached 45.