The recent run of hot weather has Bega Valley Rural Fire Service volunteers “geared up and ready to go”.
However, touch wood, they haven’t been called to action for any significant incidents as yet.
Far South Coast RFS community service officer Marty Webster said while the weather over the Christmas break has been extremely hot, it also came with high humidity and relatively gentle winds for which firefighters were grateful.
“However, it is extremely dry around the region at the moment and we’re looking forward to any rain,” Mr Webster said on Thursday, December 29.
“There have been no significant incidents yet, but everyone is geared up and ready to go.”
The mercury hit 24.6C on Tuesday in Bega and 31.7C Wednesday. Overnight temperatures have yet to dip much below 20C all week, hovering around the 20-22 degree mark according to Weatherzone.
Merimbula enjoyed a slightly more coastal feel with a top of 23.3 on Tuesday and 25.1 Wednesday, before reaching 31C by Thursday afternoon.
According to Weatherzone, temperatures in Bega will remain in the mid to high 20s until Wednesday next week (January 4), but with the chance of showers and storms. This follows a top of 33.6C on Thursday, surprisingly at 9.30am rather than lunch time, and a similar prediction for Friday, December 30. Merimbula is predicted to reach 29C on Friday, also with the chance of a thunderstorm.
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