SPRING might have sprung early in Orange but it is not time to take it easy, according to horticulturist Mary Ann Mein.
Today is predicted to have a sunny top of 15 degrees, four above the long-term August average of 11.
Tomorrow and Thursday are predicted to reach an almost balmy 18 degrees and while Friday will dip to 16, it will warm up again on the weekend.
Thomson’s Garden Centre horticulturist Ms Mein said the warmer weather was the perfect time to get out in the garden and ready for spring.
“It’s a great time to fertilise plants and the lawn and also for seeding new lawns,” she said.
It is also a great time to plant seedlings and mulch in preparation for the warmer months ahead.
“You’ve got moisture in the ground right now and that mulch will help keep it in,” Ms Mein said.
“It’ll also keep the weeds down.”
During August, Orange has a long-term average maximum of 11.0 degrees, with a minimum of 2.1.
Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said this week’s warm weather was hugely different to last week’s icy temperatures.
“It’s a very big contrast to what we had last week,” he said.
“[Last] Tuesday was a maximum of 4.7 degrees and today is expected to reach 15.”
“From Tuesday to Tuesday is a difference of 10 degrees.”
Mr Sharpe said last week was the second coldest experienced this winter for eastern Australia.
For the rest of this week Orange can expect temperatures to stay above average with a top of 16 degrees on Friday, 17 on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.
“Spring is likely to be warmer than usual and temperatures in the next two weeks should be fairly warm.”
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