Needles now at the ready
THE knitting season officially kicked off yesterday morning when the region experienced its first cold night.
For the first six days of May the region had enjoyed above average overnight temperatures until yesterday’s plummet of almost five degrees.
Every year, at the first temperature dip, knitters race to the shops to buy their winter supply of yarns.
Jan Edwards is preparing for the expected rush of knitters to her shop, My Baby, in Lismore.
“I don’t know why, but you do find people feel like knitting once it starts getting cold,” Mrs Edwards said.
“Sales definitely pick up as soon as we get the first bit of cold weather.”
Lismore wood heater specialists Barbeques Galore also are expecting the usual influx of customers after the cold snap..
“Sales spike as soon as it gets cold,” owner of the business Bob Burnell said.
“If the cold weather doesn’t hit, sales don’t take off.”
Mr Burnell said there were two types of customers – those that planned their purchase and those that waited until the cold hit.
After yesterday’s cold weather Mr Burnell expects customers will be heading for his door.
Around the region early morning temperatures fell below the August average.
Casino recorded the lowest overnight temperature with a chilly 8.2 degrees. In Lismore it got down the 9.8.
In Alstonville it went down to 10.7 degrees and in Evans Head it was 11.4. Byron Bay also experienced a temperature drop, 16.6 degrees.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is a 60-65 per cent chance of cooler than normal days during the coming three months in Northern NSW.
By contrast, the rest of Australia can look forward to above average temperatures over the next three months.
The national outlook for rainfall during the late-autumn to winter period shows an increased chance of above average rainfall.
In Northern NSW there is a 75pc chance of above average rainfall during the next three months.