Perfect weather forecast with winter on the wane

IT WAS a perfect winter's day across the Gympie region yesterday, with a foggy and frosty start for some areas followed by a sunny and mild afternoon.

Expect more of the same this weekend as we move into the last month of winter and, indeed, all of next week, with mostly sunny days cooling off a little by Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed this week the El Nino pattern was strengthening in the Pacific and likely to persist into next year. It says the cold snaps in July, with snow and frosts, were typical of El Nino years when strong high pressure systems can block cold fronts to the south, but then cold fronts can "punch through", bringing freezing winds up from the Antarctic.

The Bureau of Meteorology will be watching to see if Indian Ocean temperatures cool, which would reinforce El Nino impacts.

Temperatures have been highest on record around the globe, and the Bureau says it is likely eastern Australia will experience warmer than average days, with clearer skies. Nights are likely to be warmer than average in most areas, but frosts will be typically longer in El Nino years, the outlook said.

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