Winter is still here
After a warm spell, winter conditions are set to return this week
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.