Summer comes early as temperature soars to 34C
ALTHOUGH residents are enjoying temperatures well above average for this time of the year, the Bureau of Meteorology says we can expect an average summer.
According to the bureau's long-term climate outlook, it is not noting any long-term trends for the south-east corner, pointing to a return to traditional Ipswich summers.
But with temperatures set to remain up to eight degrees above average for the rest of the week, it seems Ipswich will be treated to an early summer.
Amberley station registered 34 degrees yesterday, eight degree above Ipswich's September average.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lauren Murphy said a trough across central Australia was pushing hot winds to the east coast, including Ipswich, keeping temperatures high.
Ms Murphy said the Amberley was the hottest spot in the south-east corner with the Gatton station recording 32 degrees and Brisbane six degrees cooler with the city enjoying a maximum of 28 degrees.
"There could be a weak trough coming through on Thursday and Friday, but it looks like temperatures will be hovering above 30 degrees," she said.
"It's currently a lot warmer than you would expect for September in Ipswich.
"The average is 26 for September so its eight degrees warmer at our Amberley station today."
Ms Murphy said the Bureau's current long term outlook didn't show any strong trends for the city at this stage pointing to an average Ipswich summer.
The Bureau is also predicting the only slightly above average changes of higher than median rainfall for the coming months.
The outlook for Ipswich is pointing to a summer with median temperatures and rainfalls.