News

Sunshine Coast lives up to its name

Will Muskens, 10, makes the most of the perfect weather by hitting the surf at Currimundi.
Will Muskens, 10, makes the most of the perfect weather by hitting the surf at Currimundi. Warren Lynam

SPARE a thought for the Mexicans down south.

While Sunshine Coast residents have been enjoying perfect winter days with crisp mornings and glorious sunshine, people living in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth are donning raincoats and warm jumpers.

Of course, it hasn't always been this way.

Many might have been wondering how the region got its name after it rained for 13 days straight between July 7 to 19.

June wasn't much better.

Weather Channel chief meteorologist Dick Whitaker said Tewantin experienced 241.9mm of rain in June, more than double the month's average at 119mm.

"The Sunshine Coast experienced a very wet first half of winter," Mr Whitaker said.

But it is showing signs of a dry August.

The perfect conditions experienced for the past week are expected to continue well into next week.

"We are only talking about fine and sunny weather up until Monday," Mr Whitaker said.

"It is back to what we would associate the dry season - winter - to look like."

At one stage it appeared weekends on the Coast were a recipe for rain, but this weekend promises to be picture perfect.

"We are expecting a high of 24 at Tewantin on Saturday (with a low of nine)," Mr Whitaker said.

The low is a "bit below" the average minimum for August of 11.6 degrees, but warmer than the chilling mornings earlier in the week.

It is also far warmer than yesterday's minimum for Canberra - a freezing minus three degrees.

 

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER AT A GLANCE:

Coolum Beach - Sunshine Coast: 20C/ 7C

Melbourne: 14C/ 3C

Sydney: 17C/ 7C

Perth: 16C/6C

Topics:  melbourne, sun, sunshine coast, sydney, weather



Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast - Kiwis say it's no contest

Tammy and Layla,2, Church from Brisbane making the most of surf fun. Tourist numbers are surging on the Sunshine Coast and the New Zealand Herald has told its readers we're a better place to visit than the Gold Coast.

Article lavish in its praise for the Sunshine Coast

Record spend to stop high-risk crims re-offending

Millions of dollars in funding to stop high-risk crims

Three people to be charged over murder of Sabrina Bremer

Flowers have been left at the tragic site of Sabrina Bremer's suspected homicide.

Two men and a woman have been arrested

Latest deals and offers

Love is in the air on The Bachelor, but not for Kiki

The Bachelor Australia contestant Kirralee 'Kiki' Morris.

BACHELORETTE bows out gracefully as show enters its final weeks.

A $65,000 bathroom? The Block's incredible budget blow-outs

The Block contestants Julia and Sasha spent a whopping $65,000 on their first renovated room.

TEAMS deliver most expensive en-suites in reno show's history.

Gympie Muster couch dumps down, but still a problem

TIPPING POINT: After an appalling year of couches being dumped at the end of the last Muster, festival organisers have taken litterbugs to task

EFFORTS to combat post-Muster couch dumping are proving effective

Cryptic crosswords: Top clues to solving them

Your guide to solving the cryptic crosswords in your local paper

MOVIE REVIEW: Ben-Hur isn't likely to become a new classic

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in a scene from Ben-Hur.

ANYTHING less than grand in a remake of Ben-Hur won't do.

How high? Twin 20-storey high-rises plan for "over 50s"

A development application has been lodged with the Fraser Coast Regional Council to build two skyscrapers in Hervey Bay.

Developer says Bay needs to move with the times.

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Receivers move in on Springfield's 'Tower of Power'

The 10-storey tower at Springfield is up for sale with interest high in the iconic structure.

Interest high in iconic 10-storey office building

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia