RAINY DAY: Jennifer O'Sullivan and Sam Hough met up for lunch in Ipswich on the weekend, not deterred by the rain.
RAINY DAY: Jennifer O'Sullivan and Sam Hough met up for lunch in Ipswich on the weekend, not deterred by the rain. David Nielsen

EXPLAINED: What caused cool change, how long it will last

THE unusual summer cool-snap that brought lashings of rain and a chilly change to Ipswich on the weekend was short-lived.

More than 36mm of rain fell in Ipswich since last Thursday, close to half of which was on Saturday, and temperatures plummeted to as low as 15.9C.

It's well below the February maximum average of 30.4C and the first five days of the month represented close to a third of the total average rainfall for February.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist James Thompson said a southerly change that came through late in the week was responsible for the fresh temperatures and cloudy skies.

"We had a southerly change move through last week and into the weekend which brought with it the rain, cloud and winds which helped to keep temperatures well below the February average of 30.4C," he said.

Mr Thompson said it would not be sticking around with typical hot and dry summer conditions forecast to return this week.

He said temperatures would be pushing 40C by the end of the weekend with persistently cloudy skies making for very little rain.

"We will back to above average and above average conditions for most of the week and into the weekend when things start to warm up again which is what we normally see at this time of year and in summer," he said.

"Temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s by the weekend but on Sunday it will reach close to 40C.

"The southerly change has moved north and that has caused conditions to stabilise.

"When that starts to happen we start to see things warm up which is normal for this time of year.

"There is no huge change in weather patterns which is helping to warm hair up and temperatures to creep up into the mid 30s."

Temperatures will reach 29C today, dropping slightly to 28 on Wednesday before starting a gradual rise to 36C on Sunday.

On Wednesday temperatures will reach 28C, 29 on Thursday, 31 on Friday and on Saturday 34C.

Cloudy conditions are expected to persist all week and into the weekend before the chance of a shower on Sunday.


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