Tale of two seasons

Tale of two seasons

It looks like summer's come back to the ACT. It is still early days but already this month marks a return to normalcy after last year's unusually cool January.

In the three years 2009-11 the capital averaged six January days hotter than 35 degrees. But 2012 bucked the trend, with the mercury only reaching as high as 34.7.

It also recorded a morning minimum of just 1.6 degrees - the coldest January minimum since 1956.

Nine days into the new year and the city has already sweated through five 35-plus days. A New Year's Day minimum of 7.9 marked the lowest temperature in the year to date.

And there are more scorchers to come, with temperatures expected to reach 36 on Friday and 37 on Saturday.

''We were looking at a La Nina pattern last year - above average rain, more clouds, and some more precipitation,'' said the Bureau of Meteorology's Ken Batt.

''Now the probability of obtaining above-average daytime temperatures is about 65 per cent, and overnight temperatures are expected to be slightly below average, and we've been seeing that.''

This year is beating the long-term average, 28 degrees, by more than 7 degrees. Last year, in contrast, the January-March quarter was the coldest since 1996.