Orane Epetahui and Belinda Paroz let their hair blow in yesterday’s windy weather.
Orane Epetahui and Belinda Paroz let their hair blow in yesterday’s windy weather. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Cool change is settling in

IF YOU found yourself reaching for an extra blanket over the past couple of nights, you weren't the only one.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said the cooler weather is making itself comfortable in the Rose City and isn't likely to shift anytime soon.

"Every day for the next week is likely to be cooler than average because of cloud cover and south-easterly winds," he said.

Warwick residents who find themselves reaching for the woollens might also want to pull out their umbrellas while they are at it.

"Over the next couple of days there is going to be the odd light shower in the area, only bringing around one or two millimetres today and increased cloud and showers on Wednesday could bring 5mm," Mr Dutschke said.

The wet will likely worsen before it subsides, with falls of up to 10mm tipped for Thursday and Friday.

Mr Dutschke said temperatures would hover around the mid-twenties in coming days, before going closer to the average of 27 by Saturday.

Night temperatures are not set to plummet, instead are predicted to sit at around 16 degrees throughout most of the week.

The Weather Channel's chief meteorologist Dick Whitaker said a cool change was a result of the autumn equinox, which occurs today.

"The entire Southern Hemisphere will experience equal day and night today, with the annual autumnal equinox. After this the nights will gradually become longer and the overall temperatures cooler as we head into autumn and winter," he said.

"The autumnal equinox is one of the four key points in the Earth's orbit around the Sun. On these days there is a point on the equator where the sun is directly overhead."

Following the equinox we will move into the winter solstice on June 21 and the shortest day of the year.


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