Hot weather to continue in the MIA

THE hot streak of weather in the MIA shows no signs of letting up. 

Residents have experienced extremely warm days this week and the heat is expected to stay on in the days ahead. 

In Leeton on Monday the mercury reached 33 degrees, before climbing to 35 on Tuesday and 39 on Wednesday. 

A hot weekend is predicted, with temperatures expected to reach 36 degrees on Friday and 38 on Saturday before three consecutive days of 41. 

Griffith is also sweltering, having reached 39.3 degrees on Wednesday.

The outlook for the weekend is slightly hotter than in Leeton, with 37 and 39 degrees predicted for Friday and Saturday. 

Residents will need to find their cool spot with forecasts indicating temperatures will reach 40 degrees on Sunday, 44 on Monday and 45 on Tuesday. 

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) has called on residents to spend as little time as they can outside during the heat of the day. 

Director public health Tracey Oakman said while heat-related illness may affect anyone, certain groups are particularly vulnerable.

“The heat has arrived early this summer and this can have a bigger impact on wellbeing as people are not yet acclimatised,” Mrs Oakman said.

“Every year hot weather and heat waves cause illness, hospitalisations and sometimes even deaths.”

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