Residents are using local pools to escape hot conditions on the Border, with smoke haze leading to a spike in indoor aquatic activity.
Aligned leisure group operations manager Simon Bryson said it had been a busy start to the summer season, which has so far seen the hottest day recorded in Albury's history on January 4.
"The facilities over recent weeks, with the fires, have provided the community an outlet where they can come and cool off," he said.
"I guess it's a chance for them to get away from all the dramas and have a good time.
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"Our indoor facility has had a spike as people try to escape the smoke haze, coming in to get some relief."
Mr Bryson said the pools were being used by a wide variety of people.
"You get a broad mix of people of all ages, which is good," he said.
"On the really hot days people tend to try to stay inside to keep out of the sun, but we're seeing a lot coming down to the pools after dinner to cool off with a swim."