Four-year-old Lillee Really finds a refreshing way to cool down in yesterday’s 36 degree heat by enjoying the water jets at Robelle Domain, Springfield Lakes.
Four-year-old Lillee Really finds a refreshing way to cool down in yesterday’s 36 degree heat by enjoying the water jets at Robelle Domain, Springfield Lakes. Claudia Baxter

Locals cool down as city heats up

THE cool, refreshing waters of Springfield Lakes' Robelle Domain was a magnet for residents yesterday as temperatures soared above 36 degrees.

Yesterday's 36.2 degrees, recorded at Amberley at 2.30pm, was seven degrees above the average for the month, but still well short of the hottest November day recorded in 1968 of 42.1.

The water features at Robelle Domain were a haven for young families, with mother of four Christie Really enjoying the facilities.

"I live over at Ripley and we decided to come down because it was so hot... and the kids love it," she said. "There are all different water features. It is not too deep and there are all sorts of play areas around.

"It is too hot for them to stay at home. They have done really well here at Springfield Lakes. It is perfect for families."

Bureau of Meteorology's Chris Joseph said yesterday was likely to be the warmest day this week, but added that conditions would remain in the 30s for days.

"We have these north-westerly winds that have been in place for a while and they have brought really warm conditions right across the south-east," he said.

"It will be a degree or two less on Wednesday but we are still in that north to north-westerly flow.

"It might drop a little bit on Thursday or Friday, but only a degree or two. Warm conditions will remain until Monday.

"The average is 29.5 for November so it is quite a way above the average."

Meanwhile, Queensland Urban Utilities CEO Ian Maynard has clarified that normal water usage charges will apply for so-called 'wet weekends'.

Water restrictions have been temporarily suspended until midnight on November 27.

"Because we are paying the normal price to purchase bulk water from the State Government, normal water usage charges will apply to our customers during this period," Mr Maynard said.

"In other words, if customers use more water than usual there will be additional costs."



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