Heavy rain to pass by Warwick

WEEKEND rain may be less of a deluge than first predicted this week, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) yesterday saying the heaviest falls were now more likely to affect northern New South Wales areas.

Heavy rain had been tipped for the Downs and Granite Belt but forecaster Michael Knepp said this had been revised downward slightly, due to changing conditions yesterday.

“While bigger falls are likely south of the border, Warwick and surrounds can still expect rain periods to start late afternoon or early evening on Saturday,” Mr Knepp sad.

“The rain periods will continue into Sunday but will ease into Monday, with a trough developing along the New South Wales north coast.

“Most of the rest of next week could see quite fine conditions, apart from some possible drizzle and isolated showers on Tuesday.”

“Temperature-wise, Sunday will be the coolest, due to cloud cover.”

Widespread early frost yesterday morning followed a lowest minimum temperature of minus three degrees, recorded for Warwick at 5am.

A predicted daytime maximum yesterday of 15 degrees was exceeded at 1.30pm when the top temperature for the day was 16.9 degrees, although the apparent or “feels like” temperature estimated by the bureau was cooler, at 13 degrees.

Today's forecast is for a minimum of one and a maximum again of 15.

Online forecaster Weatherzone, which issues a seven-day outlook, predicts a low of six and a top of 14 for tomorrow, with overnight minimums hovering around the five to seven degree mark up until Wednesday of next week.

Weatherzone also tips moderate rainfall for the region from Saturday night to Wednesday, when it has forecast a possible thunderstorm.

Mr Knepp said many weather-watchers asked BOM about the difference between “official” and “apparent” temperature.

He said conditions could feel cooler than the officially recorded temperature due to factors such as wind speed and wind “chill”.

“The human body radiates heat and energy, but when it's windy body warmth literally gets blown away, which makes it feel colder but it's not something that can be measured by instruments,” Mr Knepp said.

“So the apparent or ‘feels like' temperature we list in our observations is an estimate based on a formula including wind chill.”

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