Kempsey records coldest August morning since records began in 1882

Kempsey Shire was shivering in its timbers this morning
Kempsey Shire was shivering in its timbers this morning

KEMPSEY recorded its coldest August morning temperature today since records began in 1882.

According to weatherzone, Monday’s minimum in Kempsey was -3.2 degrees. 

The previous coldest August morning was a -2.2 degrees in 2005.

Weatherzone uses two sets of data, firstly based on modern meteorological records covering the previous 20 years while historic figures dating back to 1882 are also used.

Meteorologist Brett Dutschke says nearby Port Macquarie enjoyed a minimum temperature today of 3.1 degrees.

That was at 1.30am – “before the wind picked up and mixed the air around to warm things up”.

"That was not the case in Kempsey," he said. "Kempsey recorded its coldest morning in over 11 years when the temperature dropped to -3.2 degrees.

"The coldest recorded temperature is -3.6 degrees in July 2007.

"There was also a very noticeable wind chill factor in play for the remainder of the morning too.

The weather forecaster said there is no chance of significant rain in the coming weeks.

He did concede there could be “the chance of a few spots”, most likely on Thursday night.

"We are looking at a number of fronts passing over the region throughout this week and Thursday night's front could contain a few spots of rain," he said.

The dry times are continuing.

Brett Dutschke

"Next weekend will likely be the strongest front forecast but, like most fronts this season, it features a lot of south westerly winds which has a lot of drying out in them.

"In the lead up to these fronts, there is very little moisture in the air.

"The dry times are continuing."

Tuesday’s minimum temperature at Kempsey is forecast to be 3 degrees, heading to a maximum of 22.

Wednesday and Thursday will be considerably warmer – with maximums of 27 and 25 respectively.

Looking ahead to the weekend, the range will be approximately from 5 degrees through to the low 20s.

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