COOLING OFF: Residents dip their toes in the cool waters of the Fairbairn Dam as a reprieve from the sweltering sun.
COOLING OFF: Residents dip their toes in the cool waters of the Fairbairn Dam as a reprieve from the sweltering sun. Di Stanley

Fairbairn is a dam site smaller

WITH the weather destined to send locals splashing at Fairbairn Dam, SunWater has warned of checking the water before diving in.

Fairbairn Dam is at 43.8% capacity, with the swimming area significantly smaller than usual.

SunWater Central Region service manager Milton Pukallus said visitors to the dam should "heed safety signage and remain in designated recreational areas, well away from the dam walls".

"We recommend checking the water levels and important safety information on our website to plan ahead before your visit," he said.

"Swimmers should be aware that submerged hazards, such as stumps, rocks and weeds, may be closer to the surface as the water level gets lower.

"Never dive or jump into the water as these hazards can cause serious injury."

Taking a dip in the cool waters is just the reprieve residents need after a long stint of steamy weather.

Weatherzone has warned to beat the heat by staying indoors as the Central Highlands tips its sixth day of consecutive high temperatures.

Yesterday was our hottest day for the month but forecasters predict the weather to cool slightly by Friday.

"We're looking at the mid-30s," a Weatherzone forecaster said.

"It will be cooling slightly but then warming up again on Saturday and Sunday as we start seeing northerly winds picking up on the weekend ahead of another trough."

The heat, although not infrequent, has hit records for the consecutive stretch.

"We do usually have a trough this time of the year, so we do see these temperatures, but the main feature is the timing," the forecaster said.

"It's not the values themselves but the lengthy time you're experiencing them ... above 35 degrees for six days."


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