Georgia Cullen, 11, with schoolmates Annelise Ryan, 10, and Hannah Duggan, 10.
Georgia Cullen, 11, with schoolmates Annelise Ryan, 10, and Hannah Duggan, 10.

Rain predicted for December

THINK summer and it is beaches, fishing, camping, Christmas and watermelons.

And if the weather experts are right, this December it will also mean rain.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke has forecast isolated showers and thunder storms as we welcome the official start of summer today.

The predictions come in the aftermath of the wettest, coolest and yes, confusingly, our warmest spring in years.

Mr Dutschke said the Rose City had recorded 273mm of rain for the three spring months, 61mm more than our seasonal average.

“This was despite the fact Warwick recorded less than average rainfall for November, receiving 60mm below the average of 102mm,” he said.

“But the overall rainfall total made it the wettest spring in three years.”

Prolonged periods of cloud cover kept our daytime temperatures well under the long-term figures.

“It was the coolest spring in at least 15 years in terms of maximums,” Mr Dutschke said.

“The average daytime temperature this year was 22.5 degrees, below the long-term average of 24.9 degrees.”

It was our equal warmest spring in terms of overnight temperatures.

“Minimums averaged 11.8 degrees, which meant it was equally as warm a spring as 2005.

“This is in comparison with the long-term average of 10.5 degrees.”

Mr Dutschke said that when combining daytime and overnight temperatures, it was the coolest spring in 14 years averaging 17.2 degrees.

Looking ahead to summer, the senior forecaster said the La Nina weather pattern was expected to dominate our weather charts throughout summer.

“Rainfall is likely to continue above the long-term average,” Mr Dutschke said.

“Daytime temperatures should stay near the long-term seasonal norm while night-time temperatures remain a little above.

“This will be driven by the current La Nina and a warmer than normal western Pacific Ocean.”

At a local poolside level, thoughts on climatic conditions were far simpler.

For St Mary's schoolgirl Georgia Cullen the very best thing about the start of summer was it signalled the imminent arrival of Christmas.

“I love school holidays and Christmas,” the 11-year-old said.

Her friend Annelise Ryan shared her thoughts.

“The best thing about December is it is warm enough to be in the water,” she said.

Hannah Duggan had other ideas about why this month was her favourite.

“I love summer because you can go to the beach or camping at Goomburra.”

For our youngest contributors to the question of why December appeals there was consensus.

Warwick Community Kindergarten five-year-old mates Ronan Woolcock and Jack Ragh agreed a highlight of summer was “being allowed to add water to the sandpit”.


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