Mild weather sets new records

WARM NIGHTS: Overnight minimums in Cloncurry and elsewhere are breaking records for July. Photo: Derek Barry
WARM NIGHTS: Overnight minimums in Cloncurry and elsewhere are breaking records for July. Photo: Derek Barry

Winter weather records have been broken across the North West with surprisingly toasty nights for this time of year.

Residents in Cloncurry and Julia Creek found the doona was not necessary last week when overnight temperatures did not go below 20 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded a low of 21.8 degrees at Cloncurry on July 4 one degree above the previous record set in 1969 and well above the average of 10.3 for this time of year. 

At Julia Creek the same night the overnight minimum was 20.7 beating the previous record minimum high 20 degrees in 1999.

The average for this time of year in Julia Creek is 9.1 degrees.

Mount Isa also had its warmest July night since 1969 while Winton had its third highest since the July 1981 record. 

Normanton’s minimum temperature of 24.0 on July 10 was the warmest July night since 24.6 in 2010.

Richmond and NT cattle property Brunette Downs recorded their warmest July night since 1993.