At the start of August I saw this on Yahoo’s home page and thought I will save that and use it for a blog post, so here it is. I live in a suburb of Newcastle; Nobbys Head is a beach area in Newie.
THE Hunter is still basking in the unseasonably sunny winter weather with most of the region experiencing the warmest July on record.
Newcastle, Maitland and Cessnock all trumped previous records by about half a degree and rainfall was at a minimum as well.
Nobbys Head, which has recorded temperatures for 54 years, had a maximum average of 19.3 degrees.
Maitland clocked in at 19.4, Cessnock at 18.8 and Singleton recorded its warmest July in ten years with a 19.3 degree average.
Overnight minimums along the coastal suburbs were also about one degree above average.
Weatherwatch meteorologist said the records could continue to be broken in future years.
‘‘When we’re talking about maximum average temperatures half a degree is actually quite significant,’’ he said.
On July 17 both Newcastle, 23, and Maitland, 24, recorded temperatures six above the average high.
The heat won’t stop there either with the Hunter expecting a few hot August nights to follow the warm July.
‘‘I think we are certainly in a pattern where we’re seeing warmer periods over winter, and that should continue in August and September,’’ Mr. Cornelius said.
‘‘Whether that will continue in summer, it’s too early to say.’’
Rain was also at a minimum during July with most areas in the Hunter only receiving about 50 per cent of average falls.
So even though I was complaining at times about it being cold, over all the month wasn't that cold but don’t get me wrong it was bloody cold some days indeed. July and August are the coldest months of the year were I live.