Hot January days part of the norm

WITH Grafton's January high temperature of 36.1C recorded on Saturday, it is safe to say that the Australia Day long weekend was a scorcher.

Temperatures in the 30s combined with an average humidity of 91 per cent made it a sticky weekend across the Valley.

However, there was some relief offered on Sunday and Monday as temperatures hovered around the 30C mark.

The place to cool off on Australia Day proved to be the river with countless boats skimming the surface of the Clarence.

Fiona Gordon, of Waterview, commented on the “mugginess” of Saturday but said she was “glad for the cool change”.

Her children were happily being towed along behind a boat, every now and then cooling off with an 'accidental' fall.

Local weather watcher, Reg Bultitude said in 2008 the Clarence received 278mm of rain while only 16mm fell in 2009.

“Temperature spikes are normal for this time of year,” he added.

Normalcy aside, hopefully a cool change is on the way for the Valley.



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