The Courier-Mail

Dry leads to winter of discontent


BRISBANE is expected to record one of its driest winters in years, having had just 71.4mm of rain in the past three months.

Today, the first day of spring, should record a temperatur­e of 24C, right on the September average.

The coldest winter night in Queensland was -5.1C, at Stanthorpe, on August 7, which was 7.3C below average.

In July the Granite Belt recorded its best snowfalls since 1984.

“The hottest day in Queensland was 37.3C, 6.5C above the August average, at Century Mine, in the Gulf of Carpentari­a, on August 24,” Weatherzon­e forecaster Anthony Duke said.

In the far north, Cairns had 220.2mm, its third wettest winter in 72 years.

Temperatur­es will rise gradually through the week with the chance of a storm around Thursday. WEATHER P49

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