Stacey Doherty was busy making sure she was well stocked for the cold and the first day of winter.
Stacey Doherty was busy making sure she was well stocked for the cold and the first day of winter. Renee Pilcher

Wet start to winter likely

AS Gympie farewelled its wettest autumn since 1992 yesterday the first day of winter should also be a wet one, with rain and thunder expected to develop today, hang around tomorrow and intensify on Sunday.

It could be a good time to store your firewood in a dry place as the cloud cover will make our minimums a little more comfortable until about Wednesday, when they will drop again and the region could get a frost.

The first month of autumn was the wettest March in 49 years (357.8mm) but the weather dried up last month (25.8mm), making it the driest May in six years.

Gympie had a wetter start to the year than 2011, with 872mm falling over 76 days in the past five months, compared to 855mm falling over 99 days in the same period last year.

After two consecutive years of La Nina, autumn proved the start of the drying out phase for south-east Queensland.

With the arrival of winter, weather watch website Weatherzone expected warmer-than-average minimum temperatures due to warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures through the Indian Ocean.

For south-east Queensland there was no clear signal on maximum temperatures, it said.

Rainfall is also likely to be above average this winter. Gympie has a 90% chance of receiving 10-20mm of rain on Sunday and a slight risk of frost by mid next week.

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