Just time to chill out be­fore win­ter re­ally falls

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LAURA SUL­LI­VAN

THE fall­ing leaves of red and gold mean we’ll soon be hear­ing old win­ter’s song, or so the old jazz stan­dard goes.

And, if it feels like win­ter is al­ready here, me­te­o­rol­o­gists warn there’s a rea­son.

Weather fore­caster Den­nis Luke said NSW has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing slightly cooler tem­per­a­tures than usual.

“Au­tumn has been slightly cooler than av­er­age, and it has dragged along into May,” Mr Luke said. “It’s not com­pletely un­com­mon, but it is un­usual and some- thing I haven’t seen for quite a num­ber of years.”

Mr Luke said au­tumn was un­usu­ally cooler and wet­ter this year, which gives us an in­di­ca­tion of what we can ex­pect for win­ter.

“This time last year we were see­ing tem­per­a­tures three to four de­grees higher in Syd­ney. We are not go­ing to have above-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures this year. I’m also ex­pect­ing more of a wet­ter month for the next four weeks in Syd­ney,” Mr Luke said.

For those headed out­doors on Mother’s Day, Mr Luke said to pre­pare for some wet weather. FULL WEATHER DE­TAILS: PAGE 86

The Gam­ble chil­dren, Mitch, Ben and So­phie, won’t let a lit­tle chill stop them play­ing among au­tumn leaves. Pic­tures: Ai­dan Wil­liams

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