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Bureau of Meteorology report reveals 2018 to be fifth warmest year on record in Queensland

Courier Mail 2019-01-10 14:00:00

QUEENSLAND has just sweltered through one of its warmest, driest years on record — yet the state’s north is bracing for more flooding rains today.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Statement, released on Thursday, shows Queensland recorded its fifth warmest year on record in 2018.

Rainfall was down 15 per cent.

The year started with record-breaking heat in January, when the average Queensland temperature sat 2.22C above the norm.

For the rest of the year, the typical Queensland day peaked at an average of 31.47C — the fourth warmest maximum temperature average on record.

media_cameraThe 2018 BOM Annual Climate Statement has revealed the great divide in weather between the north and south of our state.

The hot weather was combined with a severe lack of rainfall. Nationally, there were the lowest rainfall totals since 2005 and Queensland recorded an average of 527.4mm for the year — 15 per cent below the long-term average.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Dr Lynette Bettio said drier than average conditions were largely the result of below-average rainfall in the state’s south, as the north had above-average rainfall.

“Queensland saw a dry start to the year and then a wet March, with many flood events across the state and major flooding in the north tropical coast,” she said.

“It then turned dry again in April with drought affecting much of the state.”

The wettest day of the year, not just in Queensland but nationally, was recorded in Halifax, near Ingham in the state’s north.

On December 16, the town recorded rainfall of 678mm.

Ironically, ex-tropical Cyclone Penny continues to dump heavy rainfall across north Queensland causing several road closures. Police and CQ Rescue helicopters yesterday rescued five men swept away by floodwater in the Whitsunday region.

The group had been pig hunting when water washed their car off the road and forced the men to make their way to the coast.

A farmer at a neighbouring property spotted the group and alerted authorities.

media_cameraImogen Hess, 10, from Elanora enjoys a beautiful day at Palm Beach. Picture: Adam Head

The wet weather is likely to continue today and through the weekend for areas in the tropics, while western Queensland is forecast to reach as high as 45C on Sunday.

On the Gold Coast, meanwhile, balmy weather enticed plenty to the beach. One of them, Louise Hess, said it was “always beautiful down on the beach each morning”.

Extreme Weather Outlook3:03

Extreme heat is returning to Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney as heavy rain drenches Queensland and the Northern Territory. Sky News Weather Meteorologist Rob Sharpe has the details.

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