WHAT’S UP WITH THE WEATHER?

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - JANE AR­MIT­STEAD

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.

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