Hail heralds the end of autumn
AUTUMN ended in grand style yesterday, with small hailstones bucketing down and creating a white-blanket effect at The Glen, south of Warwick.
Residents reported “thick, pea-sized” hail that “looked like snow” covering their lawns during a downpour shortly before 2pm yesterday.
While people have well and truly begun digging out their winter woollens over the past week, they are being urged to not tuck away their raincoats and umbrellas just yet in anticipation of further rain.
Bureau of Meteorology’s Queensland Climate Service manager Jeff Sabburg said Warwick could expect slightly lower than average temperatures during winter but said the Rose City was also likely to see higher than average rainfall.
“A wetter winter is favoured for Queensland with a six-out-of-10 chance of there being higher than median rainfall for Warwick,” Mr Sabburg said.
“The average rainfall is 102.9mm for winter but there is a chance of more than that and the 100-200mm range is not out of the question,” Mr Sabburg said.
Mr Sabburg said the temperature outlook for winter is set to remain on average, which is an 18.1 degrees maximum and 3.4 degrees minimum.
The predicted wet season is mirroring that of autumn, which has certainly been a wet one for Warwick with more than two times the average rainfall falling over the city.
Recorded rainfall over the past three months has amassed to 306.6mm, more than twice the average of 135.9mm.
Rose City residents have shivered through a slightly colder than average season, with the season’s average minimum temperature of 11 degrees and average maximum of 22.9.