Time to take the plunge

STAY close to water - it's going to be stinking hot.

Today promises a sunny 29 degrees in Launceston, creeping up to 32 degrees tomorrow.

By Tuesday, the mercury will drop to 21 degrees, providing cool respite for those fans of winter.

The lowest temperature in Launceston for the past month was 6.3 degrees on January 22. The highest recorded was 34.6 degrees on January 14.

Further inland, Cressy is expected to hit a sweat-inducing 29 degrees today and rise to 32 degrees tomorrow and Monday.

Those already at the beach can be assured that it's safe to get in the water. St Helens, Greens Beach and Low Head are predicted to hit 22 degrees today, while Bridport offers to go one better with 23 degrees.

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