Kirralee Campbell and Lewis Randell at Rainbow Beach yesterday soaking up the sun ahead of summer, which begins today.
Kirralee Campbell and Lewis Randell at Rainbow Beach yesterday soaking up the sun ahead of summer, which begins today. Blainey Woodham/Tweed Daily News

Scorching days ahead for Tweed

THE Tweed can look forward to a sweltering summer with a hot chance temperatures will crack the median maximum.

A seasonal outlook released by the Bureau of Meteorology last week predicted a 60 per cent change of exceeding the long-term median maximum temperature in Tweed over summer, which begins today.

The median maximum temperature for the area is 27 to 30 degrees.

This is compared to a 45 to 60 per cent chance across the rest of the state.

The average minimum temperature for summer is also expected to be above the long-term median minimum temperature over northern NSW.

Median minimum temperature for Tweed is 9 to 12 degrees.

Furthermore, residents can look forward to some unpleasant evenings with chances of increased overnight warmth between 60 and 70 per cent.

BOM climatologist Agata Imielska said it mirrored conditions experienced last summer.

“The Tweed is set for some hot days and hot nights,” Ms Imielska said.

“This pattern of seasonal temperature odds across northern NSW is a result of recent warm conditions in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

BOM’s seasonal outlooks are based on statistics of chance taken from rainfall/temperature and sea surface temperature records for the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans.

If recent temperatures are anything to go by, Murwillumbah can look forward to some scorchers.

On Friday the maximum was 33 degrees, Saturday 34 degrees and on Sunday 36 degrees.

Even with a sweltering 31 degrees yesterday, Coolangatta residents Kirralee Campbell and Lewis Randell spent the afternoon sunbaking down at Rainbow Beach.

“There is no such thing as weather that is too hot,” Mr Randell said.

“This is perfect. I can’t wait for summer.”

Ms Campbell said she planned her recent holiday away in Europe so she would be back in time for Australian summer.

“I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I got back on Friday just to be sure I would make it,” she said. “I would be down here every day if I could.”

The outlook for rainfall over the next three months show no clear guidance to a wetter or drier than normal summer.



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