Cooler weather impacts beer sales
A HARD-EARNED thirst needs a big, cold, beer – but first you need those sweltering 32 degree-plus days to get a thirst parched enough to want to quench it.
Days and nights cooler than expected for November are having some unexpected side effects, with beer sales reported to be down at pubs across the region.
With this month's maximum temperature sitting at a comfortable 27 degrees, air-conditioning installers are also saying trade is not as brisk as normal for this time of year.
Bureau of Meteorology records show it was a decade ago, in November 2000, that the region had a similarly cool start to summer, with an average maximum temperature of just 26.5.
But you have to search back 94 years to find the coldest.
November 1916 recorded a maximum average temperature of just 26.3 degrees, notably only .7 of a degree cooler than the current average.
However, with temperatures likely to sit around 28 degrees for the last days left this month, weather experts say it's unlikely 2010 will break the 1916 record.
The bureau has predicted that cooler than normal daytime temperatures for most of the region will continue, saying the pattern is a result of recent warm conditions in the Indian Ocean as well as cool conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean associated with the current La Niña event.