IT’S been a dry and cold winter for Tamworth this year, but not as dry as last year, says Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Acacia Pepler.
With rainfall for winter topping the gauges at 156.8mm to date, Tamworth has received nearly triple the rainfall of last year’s winter.
But we’ve seen the driest August for six years with just 11.2mm recorded.
“Daytime temperatures have been similar to last year but nights were colder than normal, although warmer than last year,” Ms Pepler said.
“Mid-July saw a night-time warm spell with five consecutive nights reaching above eight degrees which was quite unusual for that time of year.”
Overnight on July 11, the air temperature in Tamworth even reached a sultry 11.7 degrees which is more suited to springtime temperatures.
The average daytime temperature for winter has been 17.5 degrees Celsius, on par with last year’s temperatures.
With spring just a day away, what can we expect for the last day of winter?
“Sunny with a chance of frost early in the morning and a top of 17 for Tamworth and Gunnedah,” Ms Pepler said.