John Gass

Chance of warmer nights and average rainfall for spring

SPRING has sprung in Gladstone - and it is expected to bring average rainfall and the possibility of some warmer nights as we head towards the festive season.

The Bureau of Meteorology's outlook for September to November says it is likely Gladstone's temperatures will climb above its median minimum of 17.7 degrees.

Gladstone's median maximum for the three months was 27.5 degrees with an equal likelihood of the days getting hotter or cooler.

The city's median spring rainfall was listed as 157mm, with equal chances of a wetter or drier season.

Bureau of Meteorology Queensland regional climate manager Jeff Sabburg said coastal locations were expecting average spring rainfall and the chances of extra rain were most favourable for places west of Richmond and north of Coen.

"Warmer days and nights are expected in the north and far west of the state, with median temperatures elsewhere," he said.

The seasonal outlook said warmer than average spring days were likely for most of the country, except southern Queensland and eastern New South Wales.

A wetter than average three months was likely across parts of northern Australia.

The bureau said a weakening negative Indian Ocean Dipole meant its influence on Australia's spring rainfall may not be as strong as it had been during winter.

While spring has arrived, Gladstone residents might have to wait a little longer for fine weather.

Possible showers were forecast for Friday and Saturday before clearing up to partly cloudy on Sunday.

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