Noosa friends Lili Gotts, Abbey Logan and Shenae Crawforth enjoy a last summer’s day at Little Cove before starting their first year at university. Picture: Lachie Millard
Noosa friends Lili Gotts, Abbey Logan and Shenae Crawforth enjoy a last summer’s day at Little Cove before starting their first year at university. Picture: Lachie Millard

Summer of broken records while rain will be hit and miss

BRISBANE has sweltered through its hottest summer on record, with an average temperature 2C warmer than normally felt at this time of year.

Queensland, as a whole, had one of its warmest summers after parts of the state endured everything from a record long stretch of hot days to uncomfortably warm overnight temperatures.

The month-long heatwave in January and February led to warmer-than-average temperatures across the bottom half of the state, and caused the mercury to skyrocket to as much as 47.2C in February.

On February 12 alone, 17 weather records were broken, with four towns recording their hottest day ever.

Brisbane had 64 days throughout the summer period of temperatures at or above 30C, the highest number in 11 years.

The capital's overall average daily temperature over summer was 26.8C. This nudged ahead of the previous record set in 2006 by 0.1C, and was 2C degrees above the long-term summer average for the city.

The scorching summer coincided with an unusual wet season, in which average rainfall for southern areas of Queensland was well below expected levels while the north received a drenching.

Farmers in western Queensland had water supplies all but dry up as 83.92 per cent of the state remained in drought.

Weatherzone meteorologists said Brisbane received 351mm of rain during summer, or 100mm below the wet season average.

Regions around the Gulf of Carpentaria last month received almost three times their rainfall average.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rain around the southeast for the start of autumn.

But forecaster Rick Threlfall warned rain could be quite hit and miss.

"It's a situation where one side of the street in Brisbane could get a shower but the other side misses out," he said.

"We are seeing more localised rain instead of widespread rainfall.

"Heavy falls of around 40mm fell in just an hour (yesterday afternoon) around Harrisville, south of Ipswich."

The hot, dry weather might continue until May, with the weather bureau tipping autumn to be warmer and dryer-than-average.

News Corp Australia


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