Dry, warm win­ter set to con­tinue

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND’S start to win­ter has been one of the dri­est and warm­est on record.

Av­er­age max­i­mum tem­per­a­tures for the month of June in the Sun­shine State were the high­est since 2001.

And the warm con­di­tions have con­tin­ued with Clon­curry and Ju­lia Creek both record­ing their warm­est min­i­mum July tem­per­a­tures on Thurs­day night.

Farm­ers in the state’s cen­tral dis­tricts have also suf­fered below av­er­age win­ter rain­fall.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has warned th­ese con­di­tions could per­sist for the rest of the sea­son ac­cord­ing to sea­sonal fore­cast mod­els.

“( A) very high pres­sure over south­ern Aus­tralia will con­tinue for the next few months, and for those west­erly winds to shift even fur­ther to­wards Antarc­tica and away from Aus­tralia,” the bureau said.

“This means the dry con­di­tions we’ve seen in south­ern Aus­tralia are likely to con­tinue e for the rest of the win­ter. While sunny days in win­ter soundd lovely, this out­look has im­pli­ca­tions for many who look for r win­ter rain­fall in south­ern ar­eas, like farm­ers, wa­ter man­agers and fire ser­vices.”

The south­east was the only y part of the state that saw above e av­er­age rain­fall dur­ing June.

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