Gympie records a cool summer

TODAY is the last day of Gympie's coolest summer in five years.

Weather Channel meteorologist Felim Hanniffy said yesterday overall summer temperatures were around one degree below the long-term average this summer.

He said Gympie's rainfall for summer was again well above the long-term summer average of 469.9mm - with a total of 632.6mm (135% above the summer average.

It was however still a great deal less than last summer's massive total of 1055.4mm.

Last summer's huge total was due to the historically strong La Nina which brought devastating floods across the state.

This summer La Nina conditions were again present but nowhere near as strong.

In stark contrast to last summer, Brisbane has recorded its coldest summer since 2000 and its driest since 2009/2010.

The Sunshine Coast received 966.8mm this summer - down on the 1297.8mm that fell in 2010/2011.

"A particularly wet period in late February, produced by severe thunderstorm activity, provided a major boost to the summer total," Felim said.

"Looking ahead, the above average cloud and rain we expect through autumn should lead to cooler than normal daytime temperatures but warmer than normal nights," he said.

Above average rainfall is anticipated during autumn.

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