THE Far South Coast of NSW experienced amazing weather today with an unseasonably sweltering day coming to a swift end.
Early on Thursday afternoon temperatures reached a peak of 32.9 degrees at Montague Island, seven kilometers off Narooma and normally much milder than on land.
Temperatures reached 34 degrees at Narooma and 34.8 degrees at Moruya Airport at 3pm.
Even the seals out on the island must have been stoked when winds suddenly shifted SSE at the island and temperatures fell from 30.5 degrees at 4.41pm to 21.7 degrees at 4.54pm.
Residents at Narooma and other FSC towns suffering in the early-season heat were assured relief was on the way when the change hit Gabo Island just south of NSW border at around lunchtime.
Merimbula meanwhile went from 33 degrees at 3.30pm to 19.4 degrees at 4pm - Montague Island at that time was still reporting 30 degrees, winds from the west.
Far South Coast residents were also holding their breath when it came to bushfire with local RFS brigades installing “total fire ban” signs by the roadsides early on Thursday. Fortunately, there were no existing fires or fires started in the region.
Spare a thought for Montague Island’s colony of little penguins, who are coming to peak nesting time so hopefully those in their burrows/boxes didn't get too hot.