Brickies labourer Roger Butcher hard at work in the steamy weather.
Brickies labourer Roger Butcher hard at work in the steamy weather.

No Monday blues for cool office workers

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GREG Brown was one of many happy to return to work yesterday after suffering two days of extreme weekend temperatures.

But he's one of the lucky ones who works in the comfort of an air conditioned office at Jetset Travel.

Others unfortunate enough to work outdoors yesterday had a particularly bad case of Mondayitis, knowing what the day had in store for them.

During the past three days, temperatures have been up to five degrees higher than the December highest averages.

Following the steaming weekend, Mr Brown, along with many office and indoor workers were glad to beat a hasty retreat from the heat.

"I must admit, I was glad to get into work on Monday to get away from it,'' Mr Brown said.

"It's more comfortable here (at work), providing the air conditioning doesn't break down.''

He said there was a downside to air-conditioned comfort. "You go from an air-conditioned house to an air conditioned car then to an air-conditioned office, so if you have to do something outside, heat like this just floors you.''

On the other side of the ledger are those who work outside all day.

Council linemarker Graham Wright can't get away from the heat.

"Of course today I would much prefer to be out fishing, particularly if there is a bit of cover over the boat,'' he said.

Mr Wright said he liked his job because he preferred to work outdoors, but admitted yesterday was "pretty hot''.

"There's not much you can do to cool off, just drink plenty of water.''

Uncomfortable as the hot weather might be, impatient drivers, most in air-conditioned cars, are even harder to take.

"They can make it pretty hot for you too if you hold them up for more than 30 seconds.''

Ann Farrell of the weather bureau's records section said not only had the past three days been hotter than the average for this time of year, the nights also has been about three degrees warmer.

The bureau said sultry weather could be expected today and into tomorrow with isolated coastal showers also likely.

Some relief is in sight with cooler south-easterly to easterly breezes expected overnight Wednesday.



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