Rocky can expect more hot weather
SIZZLING weather conditions are set to stifle Rockhampton residents this week.
Rockhampton weather forecaster, Mike Marrinan, yesterday said temperatures were expected to be well above January's average of 31.9 degrees for the next few days.
Yesterday's high was 36.3.
Mr Marrinan said relief could be on the horizon.
But that depends on a high over the Tasman pushing a cooler change, including storms, up the coast and it wouldn't be here until the weekend at the earliest.
"Generally speaking we are looking at another week of fine, hot and sultry conditions,'' Mr Marrinan said.
Not only was it hot during the day, he said minimum temperatures at night were also above average.
"Usually we drop to a low 20,'' Mr Marrinan said.
"Sunday night was about 23.''
Rockhampton is coming off its hottest December on record with an average daily maximum of 35.4 degrees, more than three degrees above the month's normal high.
Night minimums were also up, with the average of 22.5 degrees, close to 1.5 degrees warmer than normal. The month had 10 thunderstorms and rainfall was 109mm, 6mm above the average.
However, the yearly total was well down with just 633.8mm falling in Rockhampton compared to an average of 803.7mm.