April average, cold snap likely soon

TEMPERATURES were above average for the month of April, however the Bureau of Meteorology has warned a cold snap is likely this month, as winter rapidly approaches.

Climatologist Ian Barnes-Keoghan said above average temperatures were likely to continue through this month, June and July, but believes residents would feel the significant change in seasons as early as this month.

``It's not a real stand-out and it's not a record-breaker, but overall, April was a little bit warmer and a little bit wetter than most Aprils, but not dramatically so,'' he said.

``The big thing heading into May, is that it'll continue to get cooler and darker.

``The seasonal variation is so strong in Tasmania.

``The thing you notice is that it's quite a bit cooler. We'll be more likely to get colder nights and cooler days.''

A thick blanket of fog covered Launceston yesterday morning, with Mr Barnes-Keoghan stating the event occurred as a result of the perfect temperature and moisture combination in the air.

April also produced significant rainfall across the state, with patches of cold and warm weather throughout.

Launceston recorded a maximum temperature of 26.1 degrees on April 1, with a low of -0.5 degrees on Anzac Day.

Tasmania's highest recorded temperature for the month was 31.6 degrees at Bushy Park and Campania, while Liawenee recorded a very brisk minus 6.9.

A thick blanket of fog covered Launceston yesterday morning.  Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

A thick blanket of fog covered Launceston yesterday morning. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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