Lifeguard Bruce Midson watches over Ella Murray and Jasmyn Thomas and many other sun-lovers as the heat brings people flocking to the beach.
Lifeguard Bruce Midson watches over Ella Murray and Jasmyn Thomas and many other sun-lovers as the heat brings people flocking to the beach. Max Fleet

Work is hot, hot, hot

THE first day of summer has finally arrived, but many people have been feeling the heat long before today.

The lack of rain has seen water carters run off their feet as tanks across the region run dry.

D&R Water Delivery owner Dennis Fox said he had not seen such a boost in business in years.

"Some guys are working from 3.30am to 7pm or 8pm at night," Mr Fox said.

"Everybody is working hard."

Mr Fox said many people had been holding out for rain, which had been predicted to fall last week.

"It all went south and a lot of people were hanging on for that," he said.

Mr Fox said some days he could do between eight and 12 deliveries.

"We're not used to having this much demand," he said.

Nielsen Water Cartage owner Ken Nielsen said the business was very much dependant on the weather.

"If it rains we do none (deliveries), but you can go from doing three or four a week to 10 a day," he said.

"It's severely busy now, but it'll stop like the flick of a light switch."

The heat is also packing out Bundy's beaches, with lifesavers and lifeguards seeing a huge increase in the number of swimmers.

"It's been very busy, especially on the weekends," Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager Craig Holden said.

Mr Holden said people had been very well behaved.

"We did have one rescue at the Elliott River mouth on Saturday," he said.

"There have been a few bluebottles around as well."

Mr Holden said this weekend would see the start of extended school holiday patrols, seven days a week for the next eight weeks.

"We've also got our Surf Safe Appeal on now, which is one of our major fundraisers for the year," he said.

"We'll have people out doorknocking and collecting at all the shopping centres and around town this weekend."

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Brett Harrison said there was expected to be some relief today, with late showers and a possible thunderstorm predicted for Bundaberg.

Mr Harrison said temperatures were also expected to dip to about 28 degrees tomorrow, with a southerly wind change bringing some cooler weather.



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