Summery days not over for the North

LAUNCESTON residents are set to be greeted with temperatures as high as 30 degrees this morning following a weekend of mild Autumn weather.

Evening showers are scheduled to follow today's predicted sunny morning with cloudy weather and further rain predicted for the rest of the week with maximums between 22 and 25 degrees.

The rest of the week has maximum temperatures in the mid-20s with light winds and a chance of rain on Saturday.

The Cataract Gorge is a consistently popular hangout for locals and tourists during the peak summer months with 112,820 visitors through the main gates last January and February.

Families continued to be attracted to the Basin over the long weekend.

Others enjoyed their bonus day off elsewhere - barbecuing at Royal Park, relaxing in City Park, or for dogs like Launceston labrador Lucy, swimming at the St Leonards Picnic Grounds.

The Gorge's newest attraction - a $230,000 cantilevered lookout off the Duck Reach walking track - remained closed yesterday and is expected to reopen this week.

The Launceston City Council closed the lookout five days after it was officially opened when a panel, held in by cleats and screws, was removed from the galvanised decking.

The council welded the panels into place last week but the structure needs to be inspected by engineers before it can be re-opened.

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