Coast’s spring outlook bright after ‘top-10 warmest winter’
The Sunshine Coast is emerging from one of Queensland's top-10 warmest winters on record into an "above-average" spring, according to the weather bureau.
Forecasters have found that across Queensland the winter rainfall totals were more than one-third below the long-term average.
"The mean minimum and the mean maximum temperature were both more than a degree above the long-term average," meteorologist Peter Markworth told the Daily.
The bureau is expected to release its full climate breakdown for winter later on Tuesday.
Mr Markworth said a preliminary look at the climate statistics showed the average maximum was above average for most of Queensland, to the extent the past winter would likely be one of the "top-10 warmest winters on record".
Mr Markworth said the Sunshine Coast's winter data was similar to the climate across the state, with above-average maximum and minimum temperatures.
But he said rainfall was just slightly below average.
Mr Markworth said warmer-than-average weather was expected to continue throughout the months of spring, from September to November.
But Mr Markworth said above-average rainfall was also expected across much of the state.
He said there was more than 80 per cent chance that minimum temperatures across Queensland would be above average.
"We are looking at a la nine (weather pattern) ahead, which will have an influence on temperatures," he said.
"There are more subtle features coming into that which will also impact it all."
SUNSHINE COAST WEEKLY FORECAST:
Looking to the week ahead, Mr Markworth said the Sunshine Coast could expect sunny conditions, with cloud appearing in the afternoon with some associated light rainfall.
For the remainder of Tuesday the region can expect maximums of 20 to 23C with the temperatures to rise from Wednesday, reaching 26C by Saturday.
"That's ahead of a trough which is going to be moving very slowly across the state through the end of the week," Mr Markworth said.
"So by Saturday to Sunday we should see that trough start to approach the southeast, especially for inland areas, which can expect rainfall associated with that.
"We are not expecting that to impact the Sunshine Coast exactly, although we might see a couple of millimetres fall around the coast.
"There's a slight chance of showers tomorrow (Tuesday)."
He said the 40 per cent chance of isolated showers on Tuesday dropped to a 10 per cent throughout the rest of the week, with a higher chance on Sunday.