Win­ter is still here

Af­ter a warm spell, win­ter con­di­tions are set to re­turn this week

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@

THE reg­u­lar win­ter weather is back for the North Burnett af­ter a rare warm snap was felt over the past week­end as a re­sult of rare weather pat­terns.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Dean Nar­ramore said while tem­per­a­tures were above av­er­age in the Burnett for July, Gympie and Mary­bor­ough were warm for this time of year.

“A com­bi­na­tion of a cou­ple of fac­tors led to the warm weather,” Mr Nar­ramore said.

“A sur­face trough from the south-west and a high over cen­tral Queens­land com­bined to­gether to drag in that warm air from the in­land all the way to the coast.”

Mr Nar­ramore said the weather pat­tern was slow mov­ing, which gave the warm air a chance to reach the coast.

The sur­face trough and south west­er­lies have cleared now and BOM ex­pects reg­u­lar con­di­tions to re­turn as a re­sult.

“They have started to move north now, which is bring­ing cooler south-west­erly winds back, which will drop the tem­per­a­ture back to av­er­age con­di­tions for win­ter,” Mr Nar­ramore said.

“We should see the clear weather con­tinue right through to early or mid next week, with the tem­per­a­tures stay­ing near the av­er­age for July, which is low 20s dur­ing the day and mid-teens in the evening.”

Mr Nar­ramore said it was a rar­ity for weather pat­terns to com­bine and cre­ate a warm patch for July.

“We likely won’t be see­ing any­thing like that again for a while,” he said.

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