Bureau of Meteorology releases three-month forecast

RUGGED UP: Queenslanders Emma Jeffrey, five-month-old Alexander and Deb Jeffrey rug up on a cold winter's day. Picture: Neil Richardson
RUGGED UP: Queenslanders Emma Jeffrey, five-month-old Alexander and Deb Jeffrey rug up on a cold winter's day. Picture: Neil Richardson

Rainfall is expected to hit up to 200 mm in Launceston from August until October, with the median temperature predicted to hover around 15 to 18 degrees for the period, the Bureau of Meteorology reports.

The bureau released its three-month weather outlook on Thursday, as Launcestonians braved one of the coldest days of winter so far. 

The mercury only reached a top of 10 degrees during the afternoon, with a low of minus 1 around 6am.

Rainfall for Launceston will come in a little under its long-term average for the three-month period, starting in August, if the bureau’s predictions hold true. 

The long-term rainfall average for the period is 220 mm, according to the bureau. 

Launceston’s predicted rainfall for August is between 50 and 100 mm. 

Temperatures throughout the period are expected to rise above historical averages, with a 70 per cent chance of the average median temperature to be higher than usual. 

This trend is expected across the entire country. 

The average high, according to the bureau, is 13.8, 15.6 and 18 degrees for August, September and October respectively. 

June saw rainfall hit 64.4 mm, which comes slightly under the historical average of 66.8 mm. 

The majority of the rainfall for the month came on just two days – Friday, June 8 and Friday June 15.

Launceston’s average maximum temperature for June was 13.9 degrees, according to the bureau. 

The month’s average maximum temperature represented an 0.8-degree increase on the long-term average.

The increase in June temperatures held true across the state, with every observable region recording a higher than average maximum, except for Cressy and Dover.

Strong winds were not as frequent in June across the state, after several nights of “damaging” winds in May, according to the bureau. 

Rainfall for Scottsdale was almost 30 per cent below average in June, while St Helens and Ross saw rainfall that was 22 and 8 per cent below average respectively.