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Spring is here

Wednesday, 1st September, 2010

* Sharon McLeod from Picton Plants with an assortment of plants that are best planted in Spring. Ms McLeod said Daisies, geraniums and lavenders were some of the most popular spring plants available at this time of the year. * Sharon McLeod from Picton Plants with an assortment of plants that are best planted in Spring. Ms McLeod said Daisies, geraniums and lavenders were some of the most popular spring plants available at this time of the year.

Today marks the start of spring and the end of NSW's coldest winter in 12 years.

The last day of winter had temperatures as low as 6 degrees and as high as 22, and they are set to increase over the coming week.
Local weatherman Philip Mew said he agreed that it would have been the coldest winter in 12 years for the state.
"There was a lot stronger wind during winter," he said.
Due to the cold wind, people felt colder than they would during calm weather.
He estimated that it was between one and two degrees cooler, compared to previous years.
"Compared with other years, even I've felt it."
Mr Mew said rainfall had also increased to a point where the city was being soaked every few days, in comparison to recent drought conditions.
"(It's been) just plain cold and that's it."
Spring however will bring relief to farmers this time around with the weather man predicting a better than average rainfall.
"I tend to agree with what the weather bureau say that we are definitely looking at better than average rainfall."
Up to the end of winter, he said the city had received more than 300mm of rain which was "well above average".
With the temperatures set to increase slightly over the coming days, he said for the next couple of months the temperatures would only "gradually" increase.
"(Temperatures will) creep up towards the end of September."
Mr Mew forecast temperatures for Labour Day weekend in October of between 25 and 30 degrees.


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