Relief from March heat

BUNDABERG residents have felt the first plunge of the mercury and according to Bureau of Meteorology forecasters the cool change is here to stay.

Temperatures dropped to below 20 degrees for the first time this autumn on Saturday night.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Julian de Morton said Bundaberg residents could expect more cool nights as the recent hot spell gave way to more typical autumn weather.

Bundaberg residents have sweltered under an uncharacteristically hot start to autumn with strong northerly winds in early March pushing temperatures as high as 32.5 degrees.

“This is the start of your more typical autumn temperatures in line with past averages,” Mr de Morton said.

A strong south easterly change moving up the Queensland coastline pushed temperatures down to 19.5 degrees on Saturday night and down to 20.3 on Sunday night.

Mr de Morton said strong south easterly winds were expected to continue in coming weeks.

“There are some quite strong south easterly winds predicted for Bundaberg so the cooler nights could be here to stay,” he said.

He said the cool ocean winds would combine with cloud cover to cause a drop in temperature.

“It's not going to be abnormal for this time of year,” he said.

“Bundaberg experienced above-average heat last week so this is more a return to the normal autumn weather to be expected.”



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