Coldest summer in 50 years for New South Wales Australia


WET, WET, WET: Joe, 11, Finlay, 9, and Eleanor Barnett, 8, at the beach.

theherald.com.au | Feb 28, 2012

BY MATT CARR

THE Hunter’s absent summer has many reaching for the record books, with meteorologists predicting it might be the coldest in 50 years.

With just two days of summer left, Bureau of Meteorology figures show that most of the region recorded only two or three days above 30 degrees throughout the entire summer.

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In Lake Macquarie, a dreary three-month run included two days on which the mercury rose above 30 and Nobby’s recorded just three, but Nelson Bay missed out altogether.

Weatherwatch meteorologist Don White said summer was shaping up as a landmark season.

‘‘It’s one of the coolest summers in the last 50 years, if not the coolest,’’ he said.

The absence of north-westerly and westerly winds had kept the Hunter’s coastline free of hot air from inland.

‘‘The north-westerly blows out the sea breeze,’’ Mr White said.

A ‘‘very unusually cool’’ December failed to yield even a single day above 30 degrees at Paterson, Singleton, Cessnock, Maitland, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Nelson Bay.

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