Early taste of spring expected

IN GOOD news for those fed up with the chilly winter temperatures, the Clarence Valley is expected to get an early taste of the coming spring this week.

Senior Weather Channel Meteorologist Tom Saunders said temperatures in the Valley along with many areas on the East Coast are expected to see the mercury rise to the highest levels since May.

"The late winter thaw will result from a strengthening northerly airstream which will carry warm air from northern Australia to the eastern states," Mr Saunders said.

Mr Saunders said parts of Sydney were expected to see temperatures as high as 27 degrees Celsius later in the week with other parts of the state to see temperatures in the mid to high twenties.

Don't get too used to the unseasonably warm weather though, Mr Saunders said a cold front expected to sweep over the East Coast from Friday would take temperatures down again before the official beginning of spring next weekend.

"The front will also cause widespread rain, thunderstorms and strong winds across south-eastern Australia from Wednesday to Saturday," he said.

"Wild temperature fluctuations are common in southern Australia during late winter and spring. The variability is due to the temperature contrast between northern Australia which has already begun heating up by August and the Southern Ocean which does not start warming significantly until at least October."



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