With temperatures climbing up to a record-breaking 39.5°C on Sunday, the highest temperature for Benalla during December, many local residents found a way to beat the heat.
Many enjoyed a dip in Lake Benalla, pools or under a sprinkler and any relief from the heat was welcome.
New Year’s Eve was a scorcher at 37.8°C with the temperature creeping close to 30°C by 9am Monday morning.
Weather in Benalla this time last year was slightly less oppressive at 31.8°C on New Year’s Eve.
The Benalla Aquatic Centre YMCA has been a popular venture with locals escaping the heat.
‘‘We have had every man and his dog here,’’ the aquatic centre’s Elise Wood said.
‘‘We even stayed open an hour longer recently, because we were so busy.’’
Also in the news on January 2, 2008:
●A number of deserving students in the local area have been presented with the You’ve Got What It Takes Weary Dunlop student award.
●John Cornish let his talent do the talking to take a narrow victory in the men’s elite competition over Paul Attard at the Benalla triathlon on Saturday.
●Benalla’s David and Lois Tharratt are preparing to travel to Kenya for a nine-week stay, during which they will help build an orphanage and school at the Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre.