BOM predicts hot, stormy weather for Armidale

Hot weather on the way: The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting hot and stormy weather for Armidale and surrounds this week, with summer just around the corner.

Hot weather on the way: The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting hot and stormy weather for Armidale and surrounds this week, with summer just around the corner.

Saturday, November 19 was the warmest day since March at 29 degrees, with warm weather set to continue and storms predicted for the remainder of the week.

As temperatures rise and the summer storms hit, Armidale residents are being reminded to take care and be mindful of the dangers that come with hot weather.

NRMA have already rescued over 2000 babies and almost as many pets in the past 12 months from locked cars across NSW and the ACT. 

NRMA Roadside Manager Robert Younes said it was never okay to leave a child or pet unattended in a vehicle.

“The car is not a substitute babysitter, even leaving the window partially open is no solution as it won’t stop the temperature rising inside the car,” he said.

The car is not a substitute babysitter, even leaving the window partially open is no solution. - Robert Younes

Mr Younes also urged pet owners to be diligent.

“Dogs and cats can’t sweat to cool themselves so they can develop heat stroke and die very quickly in hot conditions,” he said.

Vet Hospital nurse Kylie Kneipp said pet owners should be mindful.

“Make sure they’ve got water and shade,” she said.

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