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Capricorn Coast

The Capricorn Coast is a coastal region in Queensland that lies astride the Tropic of Capricorn, although it is hard to exactly define its geographic boundary. The region spans the areas between Keppel Sands to the south, and Byfield and Shoalwater Bay to the north, Yeppoon on the coast and inland to Rockhampton. It also includes many islands at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, including Great Keppel. The weather on the Capricorn Coast region is generally thought to be tropical with hot summers and mild winters but its locality in the southern tropics means it is spared those higher temperatures and extremely uncomfortable humidity of North Queensland. As a result visitors in summer often find the more temperate climate easier than the extremes further north.

For the coastal towns the sea breezes often keep temperatures bearable in summer, with a maximum average of just 25C and a minimum of 18.6C. Rockhampton experiences hotter temperatures with typical daytime max/min of 32C/22C in summer and 23C/9C in winter.

The hottest recorded temperature for Rockhampton is 45.3C and amazingly inland, some mild frosts have been reported in July, along with early morning fog.

The region does lie within the cyclone risk zone and thunderstorms, many heavy, are common in summer months (December - March). The January 2011 floods have been listed as unprecedented and one of the worst ever.

The Fitzroy River has a long history of flooding dating back to early settlers in 1859. In 1918 10.11 metres was recorded, and in 1991, 9.3m recorded as Tropical Cyclone Joy hit the region.

The average annual rainfall for the Capricorn Coast is around 800mm with distinct seasons, typical of the tropical climate is enjoys. On average it rains on 111 days per year.

The winds for the region are predominately southeast but during spring and summer late afternoon cooling sea breezes from the north-east give some relief from the high temperatures. In winter and early spring a shift in high pressure systems sees the direction move to south westerlies.

Click here for the official Melbourne weather forecast from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.



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