The Courier-Mail

Queens­land – El Do­rado one day, El Nino the next


SPRING lived up to its glo­ri­ous rep­u­ta­tion yesterday, ar­riv­ing with clear blue skies and a warm­ing sun.

In some ways it was a con­tin­u­a­tion of the “lux­ury” the state en­joyed dur­ing win­ter.

Queens­land had a warmer-than-usual win­ter while rain­fall was well be­low av­er­age through cen­tral and western dis­tricts but above av­er­age in parts of the north, north­west and south­ern Queens­land. But not ev­ery­thing is rosy. Weather bureau fore­cast­ers warn that the drought-bear­ing El Nino is the strong­est recorded in 17 years.

Fore­cast­ers ex­pect the trop­i­cal Pa­cific Ocean will con­tinue to warm – a ma­jor El Nino in­di­ca­tor – while the In­dian Ocean is at near record tem­per­a­tures.

Yesterday, Bris­bane en­joyed clear skies with a max­i­mum of 25C and a morn­ing low of 9C. To­day should be sim­i­lar with a min­i­mum of 14C.

For the rest of the state, a few showers will de­velop in the in­te­rior and it will be partly cloudy but dry in the west.

The weather bureau found that June rain­fall for the state was well above av­er­age in south­ern, north­west and north­ern Queens­land.

Many places on the north trop­i­cal coast recorded their wettest June on record.

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