Hot chips the source of delight at pool

WHILE many people have reached for a cold ice-block during this week’s scorching temperatures, swimmers at Orange Aquatic Centre have eaten their way through around 325 kilograms of hot chips.

Since Monday swimmers have gorged on 60 to 70 kilograms of the tasty snack every day.

“Swimming makes you hungry and that’s what they’ve been doing,” Orange Aquatic Centre manager Josh Maley said.

The pool has also been busy with around twice the usual daily number of people since Monday.

By late Thursday 5182 people had come in for a swim with a peak of 1496 on Thursday when the temperature reached a scorching 34.8 degrees.

“We’ve had above average numbers usually it’s slowing down this time of year with parents going back to work,” Mr Maley said.

“To be over 1000 [people] three days in a row is pretty big.”

Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said the hot weather is here to stay for the next few days at least.

Today is predicted to reach a top of 35 degrees, 8.4 degrees above the long-term average for January.

The lack of rain will continue with a no  decent falls predicted until Thursday.

“It’s hard to get any consistency with a low pressure trough coming through,” Ms Westcott said.

“It’s entirely possible it could change.

“We’ve got our fingers crossed for just about everyone in New South Wales that we get some rain.”

While there is a 50 per cent chance of rain today, and 80 per cent tomorrow, Weatherzone predict less than five millilitres if any.

Hot weather will continue tomorrow with a top of 33 degrees before dropping to 27 on Monday but back up to 30 for Tuesday.

nadine.morton@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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