A seagull braves wet weather last week, which is unlikely to be around at the start of 2010.
A seagull braves wet weather last week, which is unlikely to be around at the start of 2010. ALLAN REINIKKA

It's hot and dry in first months

WELCOME to 2010, where Rockhampton is predicted to be hot and dry for the first few months.

Yesterday Rockhampton forecaster Mike Marrinan said there was only a 30% to 40% chance the city would receive the average rainfall in January, February and March.

And there’s an 80% chance of hotter-than-usual temperatures, making for a sweaty start to the New Year.

Mr Marrinan, from the Bureau of Meteorology, said the wet weather late in 2009 had taken Rockhampton’s total annual registration to 584mm.

The year had been on track to be one of the driest on record after several months without a drop.

While it was dry it was also hot. In August the thermometer soared to 35.1C, passing the previous record set in 1979 when the city sweltered at 33.3C.

To round out the first week of 2010, Mr Marrinan said there would be some muggy weather across Capricornia.

He said temperatures, which had been below average, would warm the region into the weekend and heat up the water lying around after this week.

Two major weather patterns over Australia would give Central Queensland a break this weekend.

Winds on the Capricorn Coast would be good for boaties before a moderate south-east to easterly change moved up the coast.

“Temperatures over the next several days are going to be average or slightly above daytime averages,” Mr Marrinan said.

“The days will be quite sultry and night time temperatures will be above average.”




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