Another scorcher before the storms

A GOOD night’s sleep may be possible with a late-night thunderstorm tomorrow expected to end one of the Border’s hottest runs into summer.

Since Saturday, Albury- Wodonga has endured five consecutive days over 30 degrees.

That run should extend to seven days early tomorrow with 35-degree temperatures forecast.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Richard Russell said the Border could soon expect solace from its stretch of hot nights.

“A weak trough will push into the area late (on Friday),” Mr Russell said.

“That’s the trigger for showers and storms.

“Further west (storms) could hit mid-afternoon but in Albury-Wodonga I’d be looking at midnight Friday at the earliest to the early hours of Saturday morning.”

The break in the heat could extend to the middle of next week with maximum temperatures of mid 20s forecast until Tuesday.

Mr Russell said the weather would warm up again by the middle of the week.

“The weak trough on Friday gets reinforced with a cold front on Saturday,” he said.

“A southerly flow will come until the middle of the week.

“Days will slowly get warmer after that.”

The soaring late-spring temperatures are cause for concern for fire services on the Border.

NSW Rural Fire Service community safety officer Julie Bartlett said the hot weather had coincided with the service’s six-week preparation period for the fire season.

“We’ve had a meeting with the CFA across the Border and have been reviewing all our operation procedures,” Mrs Bartlett said.

“We’ve also been out in the community helping people plan for the fire season.

“Some houses are well prepared but some people can become quite complacent.

“This hot weather has certainly sparked people’s interest.”

On recommendation from the bureau, the fire danger rating is high — the second highest.

“It will be interesting to see if that changes to very high in the next few days,” Mrs Bartlett said.

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