Illawarra rock pools popular as warmer weather lingers

Balmy waves: Peter Jenkings has been making the most of the warm weather, sailing through some laps at the Kiama rock pool. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Balmy waves: Peter Jenkings has been making the most of the warm weather, sailing through some laps at the Kiama rock pool. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Yes, it's hot, and it will get hotter.

Just as the autumn chill was supposed to be biting, Wollongong has joined many parts of NSW in stringing together a record number of unseasonably hot days.

Measured at Bellambi, Wednesday was the ninth day in a row where the mercury reached 21 degrees or more in May - equalling the record set in 2007. And this record will soon be broken, as Bellambi is forecast to hit 24 degrees on Thursday and 25 on Friday.

Albion Park, as usual, is likely to be one degree hotter than this.

For Albion Park, Thursday's high will equal the May record of 13 consecutive days above 21 degrees. Albion Park and Bellambi records have only been stored for the past 15 years.

Nowra has gone well past the record for May, with 13 days this month above 20 degrees, easily surpassing the previous May record of 11 in 1974.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesman David Barlow said many parts of the state were experiencing maximum temperatures between two and four degrees above the average.

He said a slow-moving high-pressure system over the Tasman Sea was the cause.

"It's been sitting there, slowly moving eastward over the Tasman for the past week," he said.

The Illawarra's regular swimmers know this time of year is beautiful in the water, and the coastal rock pools have stayed even warmer for longer.

But the high-pressure system has been the bane of the region's surfers, as its sheer breadth has caused the seas to stay calm for most of the week.

While Thursday and Friday will be warm, Mr Barlow said the temperature would cool somewhat by the weekend, with a shower possible on Saturday, then heating up again next week.

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop