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A bit of a strange winter for northern Queensland

Bob Neil, Friday August 30, 2013 - 17:22 EST

It has been a warmer and drier winter period for the northern Queensland districts. While it still is the dry season and rainfall is generally very low compared to summertime, some locations have seen no rain whatsoever throughout the entire three month period.

Townsville recorded 32.8 degrees on on the 20th of August, seven degrees above the average. The last time the temperature was this warm in August was in 1964, 49 years ago.

This was Townsville's 10th warmest winter at 21 degrees (when combining minimum and maximum temperatures) in the 72 years of records. Average rainfall for the three month period of winter in Townsville is 50.9mm. This year only 5.4 mm was recorded making it their 6th driest winter in 72 years of records.

Mt Isa recorded 35.1 degrees on the 16th of August which is eight degrees above the average. This was the first time since an August temperature reached 35 degrees since 2010.

During August this year, there was a 9 day consecutive period where daily maximum temperatures were at least five degrees above average.

This was Mt Isa's fourth warmest winter on record in their 45 years of records, and the warmest since 1993. The average rainfall for the 3 month period to the end of August is 15.4mm, but Mt Isa this season has gone without precipitation. In 45 years of records, this is only the seventh time this has happened.

In between Townsville and Mt Isa, there was no rainfall on the cards for Richmond either with the town failing to record any winter rainfall compared to the 124 year average of 29.1mm. This is only the 22nd time this has happened.

Next week may see a few showers for Townsville as a high pressure system in the Tasman Sea will bring onshore winds to the northern Queensland coast causing isolated showers. Richmond and Mt Isa are expected to remain dry well into next week.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

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