December one of hottest year ends experienced
IF you thought last month was hot, you would be right. This past December was one of the hottest on record.
Not even one day was under 30 degrees, with a record 13 days reaching 35 degrees plus.
Strong hot north easterly winds and very little rain combined to produce one of the most uncomfortable months of the year.
The region received rain on eight days in December with the majority of it falling in the first week of the month.
With humidity levels mostly around the 50-percent-plus range it made for searing hot days and sultry sticky nights.
The Queensland Weather Bureau said the entire year may set new records, with figures from throughout the state likely to prove it the hottest year on record.
Gladstone was not the only region to swelter with Mackay and Cairns also topping the highest average daily maximum temperature for December.
The lack of rain for the month, while unusual, was not unprecedented and the bureau said a lack of cyclonic activity during December was not an indicator that January and February would not bring substantial rain.