After consistent temperatures at or above average for quite a while, it looks like areas across South East QLD and North East NSW should see somewhat of an extended reprieve over the next week with maximums at around 2-3ºc below average. Above image: Saturday maximums via BSCH / OCF.
It has been a while since those of us across South East QLD have had any real reprieve from the abnormally warm temperatures. In fact Brisbane has seen 21 of 26 (Friday likely to make it 22 of 27) days above average this month. Ipswich is the same while the Gold Coast has seen 23 of 26 days above average whilst being on track for the warmest April minimum average in 25 years. For those over the border it hasn’t been much better… Ballina was above average for the first 21 days of the month.
This should change over the next week though starting this weekend. Its not going to be anything dramatic, but a constant South to South East flow is expected to finally dominate the region enough that some cooler air should be dragged up from down South and start to eat away at the atmosphere. From Saturday onwards, we should see temperatures drop back into the mid 20’s (around 24-25ºc, which is 2-3ºc below average), with temps down into the mid teens over the Northern Tablelands and 19ºc on the Granite Belt. Instead of being a 1 hit wonder like the entire year so far… these temperatures should linger for around a week at least. We could even see some isolated light frost over the Northern Tablelands to start the week with minimums down to around 2-4ºc.
The onshore flow should also bring with it some further showers which will temporarily drop the temperature as they hit also. Showers should be mostly limited to the Coastline of both SEQLD and NENSW with falls of 15-30mm possible in SEQLD over the next week and 30mm+ over NENSW. Note: This is literally the direct Coastline, those who are about 20km Inland shouldn’t expect much at all.