Relief at last
SLEEP was easier to come by last night as a storm swept across the Tweed, bringing relief from the heat.
But punters were left cursing their luck yesterday after heavy rain and a blackout forced the Murwillumbah races to be called off.
After another typical balmy mid-summer morning with temperatures reaching almost 30 degrees before noon, the heavens opened up about 3pm sending shoppers and others scurrying for cover. Winds reached 60kmh.
More than 60mm of rain fell at Tygalgah racecourse - no doubt upsetting the odd punter but putting a smile on many local farmers' faces.
Residents around Dulguigan and Tumbulgum also reported a power blackout but Murwillumbah's CBD was spared from storm-related power-supply problems.
Tweed River Jockey Club secretary Simon Quintner said the blackout at the racecourse was the major concern forcing the abandonment of races.
"Obviously with no signals going out and our betting operations down it's really hard to have a bet," Mr Quintner said.
Throughout the Tweed, temperatures climbed into the high-20s before mid-morning, prompting many in homes and offices to switch on air-conditioners or fans or cool off in pools, beaches and waterways.
Further high-20s temperatures are forecast for most of the week.
One-and-a-half to two-metre swells along the coast have been whipped up by ex-Tropical Cyclone Kerry which has now become a low-pressure system.
Hardware retailers have reported a steady turnover of electric fans recently following a rush for them and air-conditioners over the Christmas-New Year break.
A spokesman for Bridglands Retravision in Murwillumbah said sales of fans had continued to tick over.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a mild to warm day today with scattered showers mainly in the morning and moderate south to southeast winds, fresh on the coast.
A similar warm day is forecast for tomorrow with some isolated early showers.