The extraordinary summer of 2018-19 continues as records tumbled across Southeast Queensland. Many locations recorded their driest January on record which combined with high temperatures resulted in significant bushfire dangers on several days – which for what is traditionally one of the wettest months of the year is quite rare. Brisbane AP, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Dalby and Gatton all recorded their driest January’s on record. Meanwhile Brisbane CBD had an average maximum of 31.9C making it the hottest January since 1903 (though the station was closed in the late 80s through into the 1990s).
One of the most significant statistics was the Sunshine Coast AP, which not only had its driest January on record, but its second driest month of record! This is significant because winter is traditionally the dry season for Southeast Queensland, so for January to be drier than most of the months in the dry season is quite extraordinary and only goes to reinforce how unusual January’s weather patterns have been. To top this off, northern Queensland ended January with significant flooding thanks to a deep monsoon low and trough – and that pattern is likely to continue until at least early next week.