BALLARAT has experienced its seventh warmest winter on record.
Spring officially arrives tomorrow. Yet Ballarat has already had a glimpse of the sunshine and warmth, offering a reprieve from a winter full of icy mornings.
A top of 19 degrees today, including sunshine and mild winds, will roll us into a lovely spring, with temperatures only expected to get higher.
In fact, the next four days are expected to hover at more than 20 degrees, with a top of 23 degrees predicted for Wednesday.
Although it may feel like we’re coming out of another bone-chilling winter, the experts say it hasn’t been as bad as usual.
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben McBurney said Ballarat’s winter temperatures had been above average and that winter as a whole had been one of the warmest on record.
“It was a warm winter for Ballarat,” Mr McBurney said with a laugh.
“In fact, it was the seventh warmest on record.”
He said the month of August had been very close to average, much closer than June and July.
“Rainfall for August has been right on average, with 74 millimetres of rain so far,” he said.
“While maximum temperatures have been an average of 12 (degrees), night-time temperatures have been about one degree above average.”
The good news doesn’t stop there.
According to Mr McBurney, spring is looking warm.
“The above-average heat will continue, and Ballarat is already seeing a lot of heat building,” he said. “The next week will be quite warm.”
He said rainfall, although difficult to calculate, would also be above average for spring.
Residents, including Scott Inglis and his two boys, have already been out enjoying the most of the warmer weather.
“It’s been great to see some sunshine and blue skies,” Mr Inglis said. “Myself and the boys are certainly excited for spring.”