Winter wrap: Toowoomba experiences warmer season
IT WAS a warmer than average winter across the country with Toowoomba following the trend with above average temperatures throughout the three-month period.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology it was the sixth warmest winter on record.
Toowoomba’s mean maximum temperature was 17.7 degrees which is 0.2 degrees above the average.
The mean minimum temperature was 7.5 degrees which is also 0.2 degrees above the average.
The coldest day of the year occurred on July 5 when Toowoomba dropped to -0.1 degrees, this is in comparison to the Garden City’s warmest winter day on August 24 when it reached 24.7 degrees.
This follows the trend with Queensland as a whole being 1.38 degrees above average for the season.
State-wide winter rainfall was 35% below the long-term average, but Toowoomba’s rain was bang on average with 91.5mm of rainfall compared to the average of 92.5mm.
With the arrival of spring meteorologists predict the Toowoomba region is in for a wetter than average season.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its spring outlook with forecasts of wetter days and warmer nights for much of Australia, including our region.
According to BoM’s climate maps the Toowoomba region has about 70% chance of higher than average rainfall over the next three months, with the average rainfall of 208.4mm.
Toowoomba’s mean maximum for spring is 23.5 degrees, and the mean minimum is 11.2 degrees, so we can expect temperatures to sit between these figures for much of the season.