RUGGED UP: Billy, 4, and Alfie Johnson, 9, of Tuntable Falls, get rugged up for the coming winter where their family will use wood to keep their house stove going.
RUGGED UP: Billy, 4, and Alfie Johnson, 9, of Tuntable Falls, get rugged up for the coming winter where their family will use wood to keep their house stove going. Marc Stapelberg

Winter is here! Chilly nights forecast this week

COOLER weather is well and truly on its way, with forecasters expecting night temperatures to slip into the single digits this week, as we officially enter the first week of winter.

The days will continue to get shorter and the nights longer, until we reach the Southern Hemisphere winter solstice on June 21.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its climate outlook for winter 2015 which says the east coast is in for a warmer and drier winter than usual.

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The continued warmth in the Indian Ocean, coupled with the El Nino in the Pacific, is expected to have a drying impact on Eastern Australia, resulting in the weather being warmer than usual.

Last winter, both Lismore and Ballina experienced their second coldest winters in 10 years, based on the monthly mean minimum temperatures for July.

Lismore and Ballina also experienced their second driest June and July for a decade last year with only 38.4mm of rain recorded in Lismore over the two-month period and 147.60mm in Ballina. Casino experienced its coldest July in 10 years in 2014, with a mean minimum temperature of 3.7 degrees.

 

 

THINGS TO LOVE IN WINTER

  • Hearty roast dinners and delicious deserts that leave you so full you spend the next three hours in a sloth-like state of lethargy.
  • Warm showers after long morning runs across frost-covered grass (burning off aforementioned roast dinners).
  • A big mug of hot chocolate sipped through Tim Tams during a Saturday night movie.
  • Beanies that make doing your hair unnecessary.
  • Boots that are equally as warm and comfortable as they are fashionable.
  • Sunday morning sleep-ins with a hot water bottle and a fluffy duvet.
  • Layers of clothing and knitted jumpers that hide the block of chocolate you accidentally polished off after work.
  • The relaxation that comes from curling up in front of a warm fireplace watching it crackle and flicker.
  • The thermal blanket that is your cat/dog falling asleep on your lap.

 



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