Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Chilly nights mixing with hot days in western NSW

Brett Dutschke, Thursday October 4, 2012 - 09:17 EST

A classic springtime pattern is unfolding across New South Wales, chilly nights are mixing with hot days, something that went missing in spring 2011 and 2010.

Clear skies and dry air are largely responsible, allowing any daytime warmth to escape at night. The atmosphere became noticeably drier during the last few months and it also dried out a fair bit last weekend, when a strong cold front moved through.

Chilly nights set once winds eased in the wake of the front and now winds are turning north-westerly, drawing heat from central Australia.

Some places this week are experiencing frost then 30-degree heat in the space of just two-or-three days.

Coonabarabran in the central-west chilled to zero degrees on Monday and is likely to reach 30 degrees tomorrow or Saturday.

The heat will peak today in the far south of the State, tomorrow in central parts and on Saturday in the north, reaching the low-to-mid thirties, as much as 10 degrees above average.

A gradual change will then cool days and nights a few degrees below average with a chance of light frost in the south. The exception is in the north, where 30-degree days may continue into next week.

We will have to wait a bit longer before we see 40-degree heat anywhere in the State but not as long as in the last two years. In 2011 it took until November 7th to reach 40 degrees. In 2010 it stayed below 40 degrees throughout spring.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Victoria on track for wet April after wintry blast hits state

15:20 EST

Parts of Victoria have already received almost double the average rainfall this month, and some areas have recorded the wettest April in 16 years.

Several weather systems set to pummel NZ

15:10 EST

New Zealanders are bracing for a week of wild weather.

Smoke signals the burning of heavy stubble, a hangover of last year's record NSW crop

14:56 EST

The skies above New South Wales farms have been filled with smoke in recent weeks as growers burn a huge load of dry stubble left over from last year's record crop yields.