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    Coolest December in 7 years
    Monday, 1 January 2007

    Overall December 2006 was the coolest December since 1999 across the Hunter. Average daily maximum temperatures were mostly 1 to 1.5C below average while the average daily minimum temperatures were up to 2C below average. Williamtown's average minimum temperature for the month was equal to the coolest for December ever recorded. The daily minimum average was 14.8C which equalled the record low average set in 1986. The greatest temperature abnormalities were recorded at stations closer to the coast.

    The highest temperature recorded in the month was 40.0C, which was recorded on the 11th at Cessnock (Nulkaba). Most inland stations recorded 2 days above 35C for the month. On average, inland stations record 4 to 6 days above 35C for the month of December.

    The below average temperatures were a reflection of the prevailing east to southeast winds that blew for most of the month. Typically, east to southeast winds have the greatest effect on localities closer to the coast.

    December averages for selected stations

    Station

    Maximum Temperatures (C) Minimum Temperatures (C)
    Dec 2006 Long term Average Record Low Dec 2006 Long Term Average Record Low
    Nobby's Head 23.1 24.9 21.3 17.3 18.0 15.7
    Williamtown 26.1 27.2 24.4 14.8 16.5 14.8
    Nelson Bay 24.5 26.2 23.5 17.6 16.9 15.1
    Tocal (Paterson) 28.2 29.0 26.1 14.9 16.2 13.3
    Lostock Dam 27.2 28.8 25.8 14.6 16.1 14.5
    Cessnock 29.4 29.4 26.4 15.4 16.1 13.8
    Scone 30.1 30.2 26.8 14.6 15.8 13.8
    Murrurundi 29.1 29.8 25.9 12.6 13.6 10.7
    Gosford 25.7 26.9 24.6 14.6 15.2 13.7
    All selected stations have a dataset consisting of at least 20 years of records.

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    Saturday, 16 December 2017
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