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So that was summer ... let's see what autumn can deliver

Threatening skies over the boardwalk at Bulcock Beach, but there’s still some fishing to be done.
Threatening skies over the boardwalk at Bulcock Beach, but there’s still some fishing to be done. Iain Curry

WHAT a stinker! 

Summer has passed in a blur of rain clouds and flooded roads on the Sunshine Coast - and autumn isn't going to be much better.

The predicted hot and dry conditions never eventuated, and the December to February season went from scorching hot to wet and miserable.

December had some of the highest temperatures in 17 years before the rain began to pound the region in the new year.

Above-average rainfall was recorded for January and an even wetter February followed.

More than 400mm fell across the region in February, which was double the average rainfall for the month, and providing the wettest 28 days in 10 years.

However the 2012-13 summer did bring quite balmy days and nights, with December and January recording temperatures 1.5 degrees above average.

Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said although conditions were quite soggy, last summer was wetter.

"Because December and the first two-thirds of January were quite dry, we only really saw the rain towards the end of the month and most of February," Mr Sharpe said.

"Last year, there was rainfall pretty much throughout the whole of summer, with heavy rain periods on and off."

March and April will have the risk of tropical cyclones and thunderstorms developing off the Coast - as well as more rain.

"There is potential that these will enhance the chances of cyclones," he said. "We also expect there to be quite significant rain events."

For the short term, more rain has been predicted for today and tomorrow, with up to 40mm expected to hit the region.

Topics:  rain, weather


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