Home' The Murray Pioneer : April 13th 2018 Contents JEREMY ROCHOW
RIVERLAND towns this
week endured the hottest
April day on record and
the longest stretch of
temperatures above 35C.
The four-day hot spell
began on Sunday when the
mercury rose to 37C and
peaked on Tuesday, with an
April record high of 39.7C,
measured in Renmark.
Wednesday also cracked
the previous record of
38.2C set on Saturday,
April 2, 2005.
reached 39C on Wednesday
before dropping back to
29C yesterday after a cold
front moved through the
Bureau of Meteorology
duty forecaster Peter Webb
said the hot weather was
due to a range of factors.
“We’ve had a slow-
system in the Tasman Sea
which directed some hot
northerly winds from cen-
tral Australia and Western
Australia down over the
state,” he said.
“Combined with a strong
upper ridge, that hot stayed
with us for four to five
“We’ve never had four
days in a row over 35C in
Renmark in April in any
records that I can see.”
Temperatures in the
Riverland over the past four
days have been about 15C
over the April average of
However, Mr Webb fore-
cast cooler conditions for
the coming week and the
chance of some rain over
“It has already cooled
down after the front moved
through and pushed into
Victoria,” he said.
“The air is a lot milder
behind that change.”
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THE Riverland will feature on television
screens across the state on Sunday
afternoon, when the recently filmed episode
of Adelady, featuring the region, goes to air.
Hosts of the show Hayley Pearson and
Lauren De Cesare spent last week touring
the region’s biggest tourist attractions, with
the episode to go to air at 4.30pm on Sunday
afternoon on Channel Nine.
The hit South Australian TV show vis-
ited local businesses such as Mallee Estate,
Angoves, Scotts Creek Retreat, St Agnes
Distillery, Salena Estate Wines and Canoe
Adventures Riverland during their trip.
Ms De Cesare believes the Riverland is
often underestimated by those in Adelaide
on what it offers as a holiday destination.
“Everyone knows you can visit the
Riverland and camp and hire a houseboat,
which are great experiences,” she said.
“But there’s so much the region has to
The sensational side of social media The Thursday Column
...with Jane Kuerschner
WE often hear about the bad
side of social media, and
‘Keyboard warriors’ as they
often are called write things that
they would never have the cour-
age to say to someone’s face.
This is of course referring to
bullying, taunting and trolling on
all corners of the web.
I, of course, agree with this
and often cringe at my Facebook
feed at what people think they
can type to other people.
However, people writing
things only they would normally
not have the courage to say in
real life can also be a positive
That is if they’re using a
social media platform for good
and not evil.
Of late, I have filled my
Facebook feed with what I want
to see and what I am interested
There are so many Facebook
groups that are each their own
Currently I am part of the Lite
‘n’ Easy Support Group, Puppy
Training and Advice, and my
guilty pleasure Kmart Hacks and
The ‘Lite ‘n’ Easy Support
Group’, in particular, is an uplift-
ing space for people to share
highs and lows during their
Members often say that they
post things that they would never
normally talk about in their nor-
The responses that posters
receive are wonderful.
Even the smallest of weight-
loss goals are celebrated and
applauded, while advice is freely
given and encouragement flows.
These people build each other
up, inspire each other and are
there for each other.
This new-age wave of elec-
tronic support is so important for
a lot of people who, for whatever
reason, can’t find that in their
An example of a local social
media success story is the
Renmark dog park user group,
featured on today’s front page.
I am a proud member of this
group and use it as a tool to
make sure my dog is exhausted
enough to not annoy me at night.
The page has over 100 dog-
loving locals who use the group
to co-ordinate play dates at the
Renmark Dog Park.
Speaking to one of the page’s
moderators for the article, she
said the group had been a won-
derful tool not only for getting
dogs together, but to get people
Locals who may not get out
and about and socialise fre-
quently now have a fantastic and
safe space they can take their
dog and also get to know other
The park is often a crazy col-
lection of kooky canines having
the time of their lives and I must
say it is entertaining to watch.
Whether it’s making the most
of your local dog park, discuss-
ing your love of Kmart or find-
ing some weight-loss inspiration,
I would encourage you to step
into this very worthwhile area of
Autumn heatwave smashes records
4, making sure
the plants at
of water during
the heat earlier
this week. PHOTO:
OUR HOT STREAK
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