Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Come out and Play as Hazy Summer Days to Stay

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Come out and Play as Hazy Summer Days to Stay

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Byline: OWEN JACQUES

THE GOOD:

Warmer days

Less rain

Short-lived storms, likely in the afternoon

Cooler evenings.

Little persistent flooding.

Only four cyclones

Bustling tourism industry

Perfect beach weather

Not hearing about La Nina every day.

THE BAD:

Storms to be more severe

Large hail

Heightened fire dangers

Finding a park at a beach on Boxing Day

Stronger dry winds

Four cyclones too many

PREPARE your tributes to the sun gods Co it is time to enjoy a real summer.

Remember in the halcyon days of your childhood when the sun seemed to shine all day?

It was a time when storms were a small side-dish, a complement to the light-drenched smorgasbord on either side of Christmas, without the unwanted serving of flooding that left everything sodden and grim.

Now that glorious era Co after what feels like an age Co is back for the east coast, from the Whitsundays in the north to Coffs Harbour in the south.

Boffins have stared at their gizmos, nodded sagely at charts and calculated some figures that seem to show this will be a top summer.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino Co one such boffin Co delivered the good news.

He said with rain-carrying senorita La Nina dancing into the sunset, and sizzling hombre El Nino still beyond the horizon, it was time to relax.

C[pounds sterling]It will be the warmest and driest (summer) for three years,C[yen] Mr Domensino reckoned.

C[pounds sterling]There will be much more opportunity to go to the beach this summer.C[yen]

Thunderstorms armed with hail will punctuate the evening on hotter days, as the following clear skies allow for a rapid reprieve and a cooler night.

Those storms could be severe, dangerous and batter some areas with flash flooding.

As an average wet season, we should expect four cyclones to develop Co but nothing we can't handle.

But Queensland and northern New South Wales may finally earn a reprieve from the brutality and ugliness of inundating waters.

The Bureau of Meteorology lists the 2010-11 summer as the wettest December on record, a grim prelude to the floods that would devastate much of South-East Queensland. …

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