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Here's What Coasties Can Expect From Spring...

Drier, warmer winter recorded

Here's What Coasties Can Expect From Spring...

It's unclear if Central Coast farmers will get the rain they need this spring.

The Weather Bureau says the dry winter we have experienced will be followed by equal chances of above or below average falls over the coming months.

Drips and drops were short of the seasonal mean by about 90mm in Mangrove Mountain, while it was 65mm fewer in Gosford.

Norah Head bucked the trend, however, with 403mm recorded, which was nearly 100mm more than usual.

Meantime, as we have shivered through the last chilly morning of winter, it has been revealed we have had warmer days and cooler nights than we are used to.

The mercury averaged in the high teens over the past three months, ranging from about half a degree above the norm in Gosford to 1.2 degrees warmer in Mangrove Mountain.

In fact, Mangrove Mountain’s 17.4 degrees equalled the highest mean temp recorded for the suburb in 2013.

Senior Climatologist Agata Imielska says it is a trend that has been mirrored across much of the state.

“Most of the dry and warm conditions have been associated with a lack of cold fronts coming through,” she said.

“Generally during winter we would see them moving in across the state and bring in rainfall and some cooler conditions, plus cloud which creates cooler days.”

While the sunny conditions we did see dropped night time temps by about half a degree across the region.

Warm conditions will continue in spring, but not so much in September.

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