WHAT’S UP WITH THE WEATHER?
TOWNSVILLE’S fickle winter has pulled out record temperatures from cold to hot extremes within two weeks.
The city woke up to the hottest July minimum in three years yesterday, with the temperature at 21.6C.
It almost equalled the hottest morning on record for the month, which was set on July 25, 2010, at 21.7C
It came 10 days after the city shivered through its coldest morning in three years when the mercury dipped to 6.9C, with the windchill making it feel more like 3.9C on July 14.
Weather bureau forecaster Mario Torrisi said temperatures were well above the average for winter.
“The average minimum for Townsville is 13.6C which is well below what we have experienced in the past few days,” he said.
“Two weeks ago there were three mornings ( July 14- 16) that were below 10C.”
Extremes were felt across the North yesterday, with Hughenden reaching 32C days after their mercury fell to 0.2C in the peak of the cold snap.
Mr Torrisi said Hughenden was just shy of its hottest July day on record when the mercury reached 34.6C in 2010.
The hot days are expected to continue for Townsville but “winter” will return to the inland areas.
“There’s been quite a distinct change in temperatures in the last few days but we’re expecting cooler conditions to return inland next week,” he said. “Temperatures out there should drop back to around 10C at night.”
Mr Torrisi said the abnormally warm weather was a result of winds off the Coral Sea.
“As a result we’ve seen an increase in humidity and cloud cover which have contributed to the warmer than average days,” he said.
The hot winter days are expected to continue but Mr Torrisi said there could be another cold snap before winter is over.
HAT’S OFF TO WINTER: Samantha Akers, 23, enjoys the warm weather at The Strand.