GRAFTON'S maximum temperature readings have fallen off the weather map due to cost-cutting at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).
Two temperature readers, Collette Barron and Jenny Harrison, who collect data for the BOM, have been told they will no longer be paid for their afternoon readings.
Mrs Barron estimates this will save the bureau about $400 a month.
She said the two of them take it in turns, month about, to take readings from the weather station on the corner of Turf and Oliver streets, Grafton.
"The bureau has told us they no longer need the afternoon readings we take at 3pm, which includes the maximum temperature," Mrs Barron said.
"We send the temperature in the morning, but that's too late for the paper."
Mrs Barron said the BOM received readings from the Grafton Ag Station's automatic station, but these had not appeared in the newspaper yet.
Daily Examiner reader Bernie McDonald said not having a maximum temperature reading was a big deal for a many people in the community.
"For people planning to plant crops, it's important they know the temperatures so they can establish a trend of weather conditions," a disappointed Mr McDonald said.
"People doing catering also like to have this information."
Mr McDonald said the absence of a maximum temperature reading was bad for the city's image as well.
"When people are reading the temperatures of towns in our region or watching it on the television and Grafton is blank every day it makes us look like a hick town," he said.
The daily (24-hour) maximum and minimum air temperatures are nominally recorded at 9am local time. The highest temperature for the 24 hours leading up to the observation is recorded as the maximum temperature for the previous day, while the lowest temperature over the previous 24 hours is recorded as the minimum temperature for the day on which the observation was made.
From BOM website.