The Chronicle

CITY BIDS GOODBYE TO WINTER BLUES

- MICHAEL NOLAN

SHOVE your electric blanket in the cupboard, pack away the flannelett­e sheets and break out the shorts – winter is done for 2021.

Toowoomba residents can expect a solid week of sunny skies, which is just the way we like it.

In good news for gardeners, Bureau of Meteorolog­y climatolog­ists are forecastin­g a wetter than average spring as well as cooler days and warmer nights.

Bureau climatolog­ist Dr Andrew Watkins said prediction­s came after a wet and warm winter.

“Nationally, we’ve seen the wettest winter since 2016,” he said.

“Australia’s average winter temperatur­e is also expected to be one of the 10 warmest on record, particular­ly in the tropical north.”

The main reason behind the forecast was the climatedri­ving Indian Ocean Dipole.

“We’ve currently got a negative IOD – a phenomenon which typically brings an increased chance of rainfall to southern and eastern Australia,” Dr Watkins said.

“This negative IOD is expected to persist throughout spring but is currently weaker than the last negative IOD event we saw in 2016, which brought Australia’s wettest MayOctober period on record.”

 ?? Picture: Nev Madsen. ?? SPRING HAS SPRUNG: Enjoying the last days of winter in Queens Park are (from left) Ruby-Jean, 9, Rosa, 7, and Florian Phillips, 3.
Picture: Nev Madsen. SPRING HAS SPRUNG: Enjoying the last days of winter in Queens Park are (from left) Ruby-Jean, 9, Rosa, 7, and Florian Phillips, 3.

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