POOL ESCAPE: Mary and Lara Santo escape the heat with a swim at WIRAC.
POOL ESCAPE: Mary and Lara Santo escape the heat with a swim at WIRAC. Ben Wilmott

January is shaping up to be a mixed bag of weather

TYPICALLY the hottest month of the year, January is shaping up to be a mixed bag of weather this year.

The highest recorded temperature for January in Warwick is 40.1 degrees, according to Weatherzone statistics.

Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said Warwick residents can expect a much cooler January this year.

"We expect to see similar levels to the long-term averages for January," she said.

"The night-time average in Warwick is around 17 degrees and the daytime long term average is 30 degrees.

"In terms of rainfall we would expect around 89mm to fall over an eight-day period."

More rain is expected to fall over Warwick starting tomorrow.

"There is a low pressure trough moving over the area at the moment, which may bring a few days of 5-8mm rain that could become heavier from Sunday until Tuesday," she said.

"The cool and cloudy weather should drop the temperature down to the low 20s until Tuesday when it starts to warm up again."

Those hanging on for some rain could be in luck in the coming months, with Weatherzone forecasters predicting near-average to above-average rainfall in the next few months.

"The tropical low in the Gulf has drawn the tropical moisture in," she said.

"It's fairly standard for the start of the year but it is a great way for the inland areas of Queensland to get some really good soaking rain in summer."

Whether it's hot or raining Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre has residents covered this summer.

WIRAC has introduced a range of new programs for children and adults.

For more information phone 46617955 or visit www.wirac.com.au.



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