Roofer John Baumgart did it tough on the job yesterday with the mercury climbing to a sweltering 36 degrees.
Roofer John Baumgart did it tough on the job yesterday with the mercury climbing to a sweltering 36 degrees.

John swelters with his life on a hot tin roof

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

BEING a roofer in the summer months would have to be one of the hottest jobs in the country.

For John Baumgart, clambering around roofing frames to install roofs on houses is his job and a part of his life.

'You just deal with the heat,'' he said.

'Last week was worse in terms of heat because of the humidity.'

John has been installing roofs on Gladstone homes for the past two -and-a-half years. "The bonus to this job is that you don't have to worry about putting on kilos because you just sweat it off,' he joked.

'But it would be good to get some rain to cool off,' he added.

The Gladstone region has been reeling in the high temperatures this week with daily readings in the high 30s. And there is little relief in sight.

A spokesperson for the Bureau of Meteorology said the hot weather would be here until late tomorrow.

'We've got a trough angling back from Moree through to St George-Tambo-Longreach-Mt Isa which is causing the hot weather.

'To the east of the trough, the winds are hot north-west to northerlies and with the humidity down to around 40-50 per cent the conditions will be pretty uncomfortable tomorrow (today).'

The bureau is predicting the possibility of some storm activity as the cooler south-east change moves through late tomorrow afternoon.

The bureau spokesperson said the temperatures would remain in the mid to high 30s for the rest of the week.



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