Jacinta and Faith Tanner snuggle during the cooler weather.
Jacinta and Faith Tanner snuggle during the cooler weather. Mike Knott

Heaters are hot item in cold temps

BUNDABERG'S unusually cold temperatures in the past few weeks has presented some local shops with an unexpected problem - a shortage of heaters.

As shivering residents are dusting off their heaters to cope with the single-digit temperatures, plenty more have been rushing out to buy new ones.

Manager Jason Everingham said K-mart Bundaberg had sold out of heaters.

"The cold snap over the last few weeks has seen the end of our range," he said.

And Mr Everingham is not alone.

"The weather has exhausted heater stock for a lot of businesses throughout Queensland," he said.

Overnight in Bundaberg, it was forecast to be a brisk six degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Ben Annells said while the wet weather of last week was mainly due to unseasonal cloud bands, the cooler temperatures this week were because of the lack of clouds.

"The low temperatures this week have been mainly due to the clear nights; it's been very clear this week," he said.

But if you feel the weather has been unusually cold lately spare a thought for those old enough to remember the winters in the early 1960s.

Bundaberg's lowest ever recorded temperature was a freezing 0.8 degrees in July 1963.

The average minimum temperature for Bundaberg in July is 10.2 degrees since recordings started in 1942.

All temperature recordings are made at the airport since a weather station was set up there during the Second World War.

The average minimum temperature for June this year was 12.1 degrees, close to the historical average for the month, 11.6 degrees.

The record cold night for June was 1.3 degrees, recorded in 1960.

 

Bundaberg records

  • Coldest night ever: 0.8 degrees in July 1963
  • Coldest June night: 1.3 degrees in 1960
  • July average minimum: 10.2 degrees
  • June average minimum: 11.6 degrees

Records started in 1942 at Bundaberg Airport.



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