It?s an Indian Summer
WE have a 55-60 chance of a warmer than average quarter from April to June, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Ashleigh Wilson, the officer in charge of the Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) office, said the warm waters of the East Australian current coming across the pacific from the equator were washing the Coffs Coast with 'extremely comfortable' 24-25C waters.
"Things are a little warmer than normal," Ms Wilson said.
"The sea surface temperatures are slightly elevated and the warmer current is keeping things unstable."
Ms Wilson said a new report on La Nina/El Nino showed warming sea surface temperatures in the Pacific ocean meant the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) was rising, indicating wetter (La Nina) conditions. But she said the Bureau was warning that this was the worst period of the year for using this model for prediction, so farmers battling drought in other areas can't take much comfort.
Present day temperatures in the high 20s are expected to cool off a little from Saturday, but are expected to remain above 20 and creep up again next week. Nights are not expected to drop below 12-13C and there is no rain in sight, although the coast may see scattered showers.