Hot July breaks records with 29 degrees on Sunday
BACKYARD pools got a mid-winter workout on Sunday as the Gympie region sweltered through its hottest July day on record.
The mercury headed north to 29 degrees and the afternoon felt more like a brooding summer's day in the middle of the storm season.
Confused children threw off the clothes and dove into frigid pools, their parents looking to the sky for storm clouds that never came and wondering what on earth that strange moisture was on their brow.
The maximum in Gympie was more than 7 degrees above average, and .2 degrees hotter than our previously hottest ever July day, 34 years ago back in 1981.
This was followed up with an overnight minimum of 14 degrees - Sunday night was not a night for flannelette sheets.
Across the state, daytime temperatures soared up to eight degrees above average, heading into the low-to-mid 30s in central and northern Queensland.
The cause of the warmth was a slow-moving low pressure trough dragging warm air that had built up across Australia's north-west, with no cold front to flush it away.
Temperatures returned to closer to average yesterday, and are expected to sit around 7-20 degrees before warming up to 24 degrees by the end of the week.
Gympie's maximum was still a couple of degrees above average and its minimum of 14 double the long-term average of 6.6 degrees.
The days will stay mostly sunny.
HOT OR COLD
Some chilling facts about the Gympie region in July:
- Coldest morning this month: 0.9 degrees on July 13.
- Coldest July morning on record: -4.3 degrees in 2007.
- Long-term average July minimum: 6.6 degrees.
- Hottest July day on record (before Sunday): 28.8 degrees on July 1, 1981.
- Hottest day so far this year: 38 degrees, January 18.
- Long-term average July maximum: 21.8 degrees.
- Wettest July on record in Gympie: 266mm in 1973.