Tweed Heads local children Harrison Powick and Amy Van den Akker have some fun at Murwillumbah in a flooded field after the heavy rain.
Tweed Heads local children Harrison Powick and Amy Van den Akker have some fun at Murwillumbah in a flooded field after the heavy rain. Scott Davis

Storm in a teacup as rejoicing over rain is short-lived

RECENT rain has done little to dampen the heat with above average temperatures for February recorded as an El Nino weather pattern continues to drive dry and hot conditions.

Tweed’s February 2016 average of 29.4C is 1.2% up on the historical average of 28.2C and while the Tweed rejoiced with heavy rainfall earlier in the week, the cooler weather will be short-lived with a low pressure trough off the east coast of Australia driving uncomfortable conditions for at least the next week.

Weatherzone meteorologist Tristan Meyers warned the Tweed to prepare for more hot days and humid nights.

“It’s going to feel like summer is sticking around a bit, with daily forecasts of 29C, with a one degree at most variance,” Mr Meyers said.

“There’s a high pressure ridge extending across the east coast which is going to make the air humid, with up to 70% humidity during the days and rising during nights.”

STORMY WEATHER: Tweed Heads local Amy Van Den Akker struggles to keep hold of her umbrella during short-lived heavy rain and wind on the Tweed Coast earlier in the week.
STORMY WEATHER: Tweed Heads local Amy Van Den Akker struggles to keep hold of her umbrella during short-lived heavy rain and wind on the Tweed Coast earlier in the week. Scott Davis

While big downpours from earlier in the week won’t be around, small bursts of showers are expected.

“There’s going to be isolated showers and we’re going to be seeing near daily showers through the Tweed and Gold Coasts,” Mr Meyers said. South easterlies, driven by the low pressure ridge, will remain stationary for the next week, so put away the brolly and restart the air-con.



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