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Extreme weather in NENW back for a second day

By Kerrin Thomas & Catherine Clifford, Wednesday January 9, 2013 - 17:52 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting another hot day for the New England North West.

While a southerly change has hit the southern reaches of the state, the forecast districts of the North West Slopes and Plains and the Northern Tablelands are unlikely to get any immediate reprieve.

Meteorologist, Deryn Griffiths, says high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity will persist across the region.

"The wind is picking up on Wednesday, so Wednesday's the worst of the days as far as temperature and fire danger go for your area," she said.

"We've got forecast temperatures well into the 30s for the Northern Tablelands and the low 40s for the North West Slopes and Plains."

The Rural Fire Service's Region North is sending volunteer strike teams to assist with the fire emergency in the state's south.

The largest contingent, more than 100 men and women, have been sent from the North Coast to selected locations in the Hunter Valley.

Regional Operations Manager, Superintendent Bryan Daly, says the New England North West is also making a valuable contribution.

"We've sent a number of trucks from the Armidale area and some more from up around the Tenterfield and Glen Innes areas, so we've got what we call a "strike team", which is five trucks and a strke team leader and they are currently at Dubbo ready to be deployed," he said.

"With a strike team leader, and an off-sider, we're looking upwards of around 20 to 25 people [from the NENW]."

Meantime, a scrubfire was brought under control at Boggabilla yesterday, while lightning started a grassfire at Yannergee, on the Liverpool Plains.

And amimal welfare groups are reminding pet owners to look after their animals during the hot weather.

Tamworth veterinarian, Yvette Crowe, says pet owners need to remain mindful that heat stroke can occur in animals.

"Providing plenty of water, shelter, if your dog looks hot cool them down you can put water in balloons and once it's become ice you can remove the balloon and there's an iceblock for your dog, that cools them down," she said.

"Also, wetting them, that kind of thing, can cool them down a lot."

Yvette Crowe says not only should owners monitor their pets, they should be aware that snakes are more active.

She says if an animal becomes very sick very suddenly, snakebite is a real possibility in the hot weather.

"There's a lot of snakes around, I recently had three [animals bitten] in one night and only a couple ended well," she said.

"The first signs of snakebite is paralysis, vomiting, difficulty breathing, so if any of those signs arrive, get your pet straight to a vet."


- ABC

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