Aside from a spot of rain yesterday, as these families witnessed yesterday at Leslie Dam, April has been largely dry.
Aside from a spot of rain yesterday, as these families witnessed yesterday at Leslie Dam, April has been largely dry. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Above average temps mean no frosts

WINTER lovers will have to wait until next month before the first frost for 2011 blankets Warwick.

Weatherzone meteorologist Doug Fenton said minimum temperatures for April had been above average.

“The overnight minimum for April so far is 12.2 degrees, which is 1.2 degrees above average,” he said.

So far, the lowest temperature reached this month was 5.3 degrees on Wednesday, April 13 – 2.3 degrees warmer than last year's lowest temperature.

This month, again so far, has also been drier than previous years, with just 14 millimetres of rain recorded over nine days.

This is a stark contrast to 2010, where Warwick received 75 millimetres over three days.

Mr Fenton said the La Nina was winding down, which was heralding “more average conditions” for the month of May.

“We're seeing a return to a more neutral phase, so we'll see less moisture and less cloud about,” he said.

“With the clearer nights comes an increased chance for frost.”

Our Southern neighbours in chilly Stanthorpe are also yet to see their first frost, with temperatures for April clocking in at an average of 11 degrees. The lowest Stanthorpe temperature recorded has been 2.5 degrees on April 13. Warwick's forecast for the rest of the week is cloud cover and the possibility of showers.



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