A 20-degree day is finally in sight for Adelaide, whose residents are enduring their coldest winter in 13 years, according to weatherzone.com.au.
Adelaide has not reached 20 degrees since May 24th, three months ago. If it doesn't get that warm by next Wednesday this will be the first winter in seven years without reaching 20 degrees.
This winter must seem never-ending, particularly because August has only produced two days warmer than average so far. The average maximum has been 14.7 degrees, almost two degrees colder than the long-term August average maximum of 16.6.
Overall this winter's maximum temperatures have averaged 15.3 and overnight minimums only 7.3, both more than half a degree below the long-term norm.
Nights and days have combined to make this winter Adelaide's coldest since 1997.
"The long-lasting cold can be blamed on colder than normal water off the South Australian coast and warmer than normal water off northwestern Australia, Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said."
"Colder waters south of the state have meant that any westerly or southerly wind has been colder than normal. Warmer waters off northwestern Australia have led to many northwest cloud bands which have brought rain and kept temperatures down," Dutschke said.
"Adelaide hasn't had a very wet winter, 207 millimetres of rain so far compared to the long-term norm of 220mm. But there have been five more rain days this winter compared to average and there's a few more to come."
"Showers each day through to the weekend will bring another 10mm or more, taking the city close to its winter average of 220mm."
"Adelaide will get a hint of spring warmth early next week."
© Weatherzone 2010
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