GLOOMY WELCOME: Rhapsody of the Seas in Newcastle Harbour this morning. – Picture by Darren PatemanNewcastle is experiencing its coldest start to summer in decades but meteorologist Don White is predicting an above-average number of sunny days before the season is over.
The mercury has barely reached the mid-20s since the start of December thanks to a burst of cold wind that has swept up from the south.
Sydney has had six consecutive days of temperatures lower than 23 degrees, a phenomenon not seen since 1960. The only thing stopping Newcastle from breaking a similar record was a 26-degree day on Sunday.
Mr White said he still expected an above-average summer for the Hunter.
‘‘We’ve just had a week of cool weather that coincided with the start of December,’’ he said.
‘‘… People shouldn’t panic; they’ll be able to get their swimmers out and head down to the beach again soon.’’
But not just yet.
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting showers, cloudy conditions and temperatures in the low-20s for the next seven days.