SCENIC: Benjamin and Harrison March enjoy roaming among the sunflowers along Roona Road at Junabee.
SCENIC: Benjamin and Harrison March enjoy roaming among the sunflowers along Roona Road at Junabee. Mavis March

More rainfall on cards than spring: Weatherzone

SPRING across the Southern Downs was hotter and drier than usual, with the region recording not only record heat but also the 13th lowest rainfall in the state.

The season got off to an average start in September but things were heating up by the time October arrived.

Record-breaking heat hit the Downs on October 27 when the mercury climbed to 38.5 degrees, which is a staggering 12.7 degrees above the long-term average.

Before that day the hottest day for the region was back in 2002 when October 19 reached a maximum 37.1 degrees.

Cool mornings did not clear out totally with October 16 recording a temperature drop to just four degrees.

Rain graced the Rose City just three times during that month and delivered just 15.4mm, significantly less than the 75.9mm average.

It soon became evident that was just the beginning.

The hottest day in the entire season was Saturday, November 15 when the Rose City sweltered through record-breaking temperatures of up to 39.8 degrees.

That eclipsed the 38 degree November day back in 2009 that previously held the top position.

Although there were seven wet days last month, just 28.4mm fell in Warwick during November.

This is significantly less than the 100mm average.

The entire season's rainfall average is 194.6mm, of which the Rose City actually received just 63.8mm.

Experts predict there is a 40-45% chance the area's summer rainfall average will climb above that of spring.



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