Summer hits with a splash

FOLLOWING a record dry winter, heavy rainfall yesterday ensured summer arrived with a splash on the Tweed.

In 24 hours the shire recorded more rain than in the five months from May to September.

By 3pm, 102 millimetres of rain had been dumped on Condong, 95mm on Tweed Heads, 100mm at Cabarita and 89mm on Kingscliff in the 24 hours leading up to the fall.

From May to September only 59.6mm had fallen.

The rain caused localised flooding around South Tweed Heads and a few minor road accidents around the Tweed.

It was the end of a strange first week of summer, which started out with so much promise and temperatures in the high 20s and mid-30s.

However, the warm temperatures quickly dropped off from 36.9 degrees at Murwillumbah on December 1 to only 21 degrees yesterday.

It was a similar story along the cooler coastal areas, which are represented in Coolangatta's recording of 27.6 degrees on December 1 and 21.7 degrees yesterday.

To the ire of outdoor workers, the cooler temperatures brought more rain and less sunshine. In Murwillumbah the sun has not been seen properly since Friday.

A Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said showers and thunderstorms would last until Friday, varying in intensity throughout the week.

"There is a trough in the interior and moist northerly winds that are a bit un-

stable and bringing rain with them," the forecaster said.

"Some weather models suggest there will be less rain tomorrow and others say it will be like today."

The forecaster said the cool and wet conditions were not unusual for the Tweed at this time of year.

"The first days were quite warm and will average out to be much the same as usual," he said.

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