SPRING FLEECE: Seelands animal lover Emma Donaghey hand feeds a neighbour’s new Dorpa lamb which recently lost its mum to a poisonous weed. Photo: Tim Howard
SPRING FLEECE: Seelands animal lover Emma Donaghey hand feeds a neighbour’s new Dorpa lamb which recently lost its mum to a poisonous weed. Photo: Tim Howard

Spring kicks right in

SPRING has sprung with a vengeance in the Clarence Valley with a week of mid-20 degree temperatures stretching ahead of us.

It seems like the spring weather could not wait in fact, with the final day of winter reaching a balmy 23 degrees yesterday.

Winter 2015 varied significantly across Australia, with southeastern parts of Australia shivering through their coldest winter in years, while western and northern parts basked in much warmer than average conditions.

It was a winter of contrasts in Australia.

Sydney's winter was its coldest since 2010 but still almost a degree above average, averaging 18.5 degrees during the day and 9.2 degrees at night (the coldest nights since 2006). With rainfall, 229mm fell, below the long term average of 310mm.

Melbourne experienced its coldest winter in 26 years averaging 13.9 degrees during the day and 7.5 degrees at night - although this is debatable due to a recent change in the site. Most neighbouring suburbs had their coldest winter since 2010. Melbourne was also a little drier than usual, receiving 124mm compared to the average of 147mm.

In Brisbane temperatures were close to average, however it was very dry with only 71mm falling compared to the long term average of 125mm.

Perth had its warmest winter in more than 20 years, averaging one degree above the mean, while it was also dry with only 316mm falling for the season. In Darwin, temperatures were also warm, particularly during the day which were almost one degree above the average.

With El Nino taking hold, a warmer and drier spring is likely, particularly across northern and eastern Australia.

However its effects are likely to be dampened by warmer than usual seas hugging the east coast and across much of the Indian Ocean (to Australia's west).



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