By ANN-MARIE MAY
WITH fashion almost as important as the horses at today's Carlton Draught 2005 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup, one unwelcome 'accessory' that has the power to destroy the perfect outfit is goosebumps.
Coffs Coast residents, along with those in most parts of NSW, have been enjoying days of beautiful sunshine, but as we locals know, there is nothing like an event to open up the sky and bring on the inclement weather.
Last year's cup-goers would remember the day starting out clear, but by early afternoon passing grey clouds had dropped an occasional shower.
And today is expected to be the same.
The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday said the warm spell would not last long, with a southerly change arriving in town today.
The official forecast is: light rain developing with fresh north-west winds ahead of a late south-west change and a maximum of 20 degrees.
The good news is that it isn't due until later this afternoon, when the temperature is expected to drop and light rain develops.
However, as women across the Coffs Coast slip into their outfits this morning, they are advised to ask themselves the following question: should I cover up with a jacket, shawl or wrap or be covered with the dreaded goosebumps.
Even if the temperature drops today, the mystery still remains ? where has winter been hiding?
The Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said despite local residents wondering 'was that it?', the weather we have been experiencing isn't unseasonal.
During July the Coffs Coast's temperature was only slightly above average, with the warmer weather a result of a high sitting over the region.