The Courier-Mail

Dry leads to win­ter of dis­con­tent

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BRIS­BANE is ex­pected to record one of its dri­est win­ters in years, hav­ing had just 71.4mm of rain in the past three months.

To­day, the first day of spring, should record a tem­per­a­ture of 24C, right on the Septem­ber av­er­age.

The cold­est win­ter night in Queens­land was -5.1C, at Stan­thorpe, on Au­gust 7, which was 7.3C be­low av­er­age.

In July the Gran­ite Belt recorded its best snow­falls since 1984.

“The hottest day in Queens­land was 37.3C, 6.5C above the Au­gust av­er­age, at Cen­tury Mine, in the Gulf of Car­pen­taria, on Au­gust 24,” Weather­zone fore­caster An­thony Duke said.

In the far north, Cairns had 220.2mm, its third wettest win­ter in 72 years.

Tem­per­a­tures will rise grad­u­ally through the week with the chance of a storm around Thurs­day. WEATHER P49

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