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Summer scorcher comes early in Birdsville

By Chrissy Arthur, Thursday November 29, 2012 - 09:47 EDT

Soaring temperatures are again being forecast in south-west Queensland's Channel Country and there is no relief in sight in the coming days.

Birdsville in the state's far south-west is expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius today and at 5:00am (AEST) it was already 30.

Local publican Gus Daffy says the heat has arrived early and locals are wondering what summer will bring.

He says the 40 degrees-plus weather is what residents usually expect in January.

"It's incredible isn't it - nobody goes anywhere much, you just hide in the air-conditioning," he said.

"We have a laugh at the coast people who are having trouble with their 35s and 36s but our locals, everyone sort of locks up I think.

"They go to work in air-conditioned vehicles and those that stay at home have got the air conditioning on and don't go out.

"Most people get an early start and just keep going until it really gets hot."

He says it is unusual the heatwave is so early.

"Someone said to me yesterday ... eight days of 40 degrees-plus - what happens when we get to summer?" he said.

"I don't know - hopefully we have a reversal with summer and it is a bit cooler.

"We are sort of getting January weather now in November, so who knows what it is going to do?

"But we always have the cold beers and we try to look after everybody."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

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