Paige Hodgetts gets excited, Winter is over. (Picture has been digitally altered)
Paige Hodgetts gets excited, Winter is over. (Picture has been digitally altered) Brenda Strong

Cloud cover could usher in spring

CLOUD cover and more showers could herald a dull start to spring.

The forecast for the Gladstone region over the next week is for isolated coastal showers beginning today and extending until Wednesday, the official start to spring.

With minimum temperatures dropping to 14 yesterday morning and the maximum peaking at 23, more above-average temperatures are expected in a last hurrah for August.

Rockhampton Weather Bureau spokesperson Brendan Bradford said a bank of cloud cover would keep overnight temperatures warm, registering three to four degrees above the minimum average for the month.

Mr Bradford said a trough coming across the western part of the state would ensure these temperatures remained above average with more showers expected next weekend and a rain band come next Monday.

“With the start of spring we will see temperatures trend upwards to the September maximum average of 26 and minimum average of 15.5,” the spokesperson said.

A Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue spokesperson said conditions over the weekend started out well for fishermen. However, yesterday morning a majority were returning home with south-easterly winds blowing up in the afternoon to 15 to 20 knots and 25 knots offshore.



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