The cold, hard facts

THE Bathurst Winter Festival might be over for another year, but winter still has quite a way to go in Bathurst.

SNAPSHOT: Michaela Bowker snapped this image from the Bathurst Bullet during the holidays.

SNAPSHOT: Michaela Bowker snapped this image from the Bathurst Bullet during the holidays.

And while we’ve generally enjoyed sunny days with reasonable daily maximums around 12 or 13 degrees, the nights have been a far different story.

When the mercury got down to -3.5 degrees on Monday morning, it marked the 13th subzero start to the day we had seen in Bathurst in just 17 days in July.

They’re freezing conditions in anyone’s language but are even more remarkable when compared with previous years.

Last year, throughout the whole of July, Bathurst saw the temperature drop below zero on just four of the 31 mornings.

And the average daily minimum for July so far this year has been -2.2 degrees, well below the long-term average July minimum of 0.9 degrees and a world away from last year’s average July minimum of 3.3 degrees.

July has also maintained the region’s long, dry winter with just 3.6mm of rain so far to go with the near-record low of just 1.2mm that fell through all of June.

As one reader posted on our Facebook page over the weekend, the time has come in Bathurst for fewer frosts and more rain.

Make it happen, Mother Nature.

Christmas fun for Miss Traill’s

IF the winter festival has taught us anything, though, it’s that hiding away inside during the cold months is no longer the way we do winter in Bathurst.

With that in mind, why not check out a special Christmas In July dinner at Abercrombie House on Saturday night?

The night will support Miss Traill’s House and Garden and is a great chance to get out of the house to support a great cause.

Tickets are $65 a head and include mulled wine and cheese platters on arrival, a traditional roast Christmas dinner with vegetables and garnishes; plum pudding with brandy butter, cream and custard followed by tea, coffee and chocolates – not to mention enjoying the beautiful Abercrombie House.

You can grab your tickets now from Books Plus or Miss Traill’s House.