Two degrees below average

AVERAGE temperatures for June have dropped more than two degrees Celsius compared with last year, according to Bureau of Meteorology statistics.

The winter chill certainly hit home on Sunday with the temperatures dropping to 4.6 degrees in Hervey Bay and just 3.9 yesterday in Maryborough.

Meteorologist for the bureau Benn Ells said the sudden drop in the winter season was caused by a high-pressure ridge across the state.

“The meteorological circumstances are causing quite a dry wind to blow, so the wind chill factor is catching people off guard,” he said.

“Especially being on the coast, the Wide Bay area is noticing a substantial temperature drop.

“The high pressure is a system of closed isobars surrounding a region of high pressure,” Mr Ells said.

“When compared with low pressure systems, highs tend to cover a greater area, move more slowly and have a longer life.”

Mr Ells said Fraser Coast families could expect the cooler weather to stick around for a few more days yet.

“It should not be more than a week before the temperature starts to rise,” he said.

“Bearing in mind that it is still winter and we have not seen the last of it.”

The average temperature for June so far has been 9.3 degrees Celsius in Hervey Bay and 8.7 degrees Celsius in Maryborough.



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