Rocky's coldest winter in decades
AS THE nation debates climate change and the need for a carbon tax, Rockhampton is shivering through what could be its coldest winter in decades.
In June, the Weather Channel reported an average minimum temperature of 9.8 degrees in the city, just over one degree lower than the average and the coldest in June since 1994.
July so far is below the average as well, at 8.7 degrees.
These conditions have been mirrored around the State as Queensland battles low temperatures as the La Niña of 2010 has now been replaced with neutral conditions.
This has resulted in less tropical influence and clearer skies and light winds.
"As a result, minimum temperatures have been lower than those recorded last winter with more frosts the direct result," says Dick Whitaker, chief meteorologist at The Weather Channel.
This weekend is expected to bring some higher maximums of 24 and 25 degrees in Rockhampton, with a few showers predicted for tomorrow and Sunday.
Coldest nights since 1994. Average 9.8°C. Long-term average 10.9°C.
Average to date 8.7°C. Long-term average 9.5°C.
Average to date, 9.2°C. Long-term average: 10.4°C.