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Keep cool, drink beer: outback NSW advice

AAP logoAAP 11/01/2017 Dan McCulloch

Tourists have all but deserted a northwestern NSW town caught in the eye of a scorching heatwave, but there is some simple advice for those who dare to remain.

"Mate, just stay cool and drink plenty of beer," says publican Tracey Hegartey from the Port Of Bourke Hotel.

Temperatures in the outback town on the banks of the Darling River are tipped to hit 45C on Wednesday, and the stubborn heatwave isn't budging.

"It's just bloody hot, mate," Ms Hegartey explains.

Bourke, which lies on the edge of a desert, is expected to reach a blistering 47C on Friday and the trail of tourists that usually graces the town has almost entirely dried up.

"You might get the game one that comes through but there's not too many game ones," Ms Hegartey says.

"There's not too many people around, not too much action around, that's what happens when it gets hot like this.

"Everyone just takes it easy, looks after themselves, and gets all their jobs done early."

There are still a few tradies in-house at the outback pub around 800km from Sydney, and the aircon's on full-blast.

"Usually we have the front doors wide open but we've got it all closed up today," Ms Hegartey says.

"And there's plenty of cold beer."

The publican at an outback NSW watering hole has offered some sage advice to tourists and locals trying to beat the heat as scorching conditions drag on. © AAP Image/Dean Lewins The publican at an outback NSW watering hole has offered some sage advice to tourists and locals trying to beat the heat as scorching conditions drag on. Locals at the 2500-person strong town will start to trickle in once the worst of the day's dry heat subsides, with mid-strength and Queensland-brewed beers among the pub's most popular drops.

"A lot of people come out once the sun goes down," Ms Hegartey says.

"The older ones come in mid-afternoon but the younger ones come out once they've been to the river and it cools off a bit."

It's pretty hot in the kitchen with the ovens and deep-fryers fired up.

"My cook's not too happy about that, but he's alright."

It seems though visitors might have to forgo the Sunday roast special as the piping hot conditions drag on.

"We always have the salad stuff there ready to go for when it's a bit too hot for the (cooked) vegetables."

Ms Hegartey, who's run the Bourke pub for the past three years and hails from a neighbouring town, offers some sage advice as the punishing conditions continue.

"Just stay cool, be safe, don't go anywhere without water," she says.

"We've got plenty of beer on tap and the aircon's sitting on 18 degrees, so it's nice and cool in here."

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