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THE cocktail of scorching heat,
cold and rain that kicked off 2015
may have felt like an unusual start
to the year.
But the Bureau of Meteorology says,
so far, this has been a fairly average
January for the local region.
Following a warm start to the
month, a cool change brought
temperatures down to the low and
mid-20s, as well as heavy rain and a
storm across the region.
Senior climatologist Darren Ray
said while it was unusual to get such a
significant rain event in summer, the
temperature fluctuation was "pretty
Mr Ray said temperatures across
the first two weeks of this month
have averaged out to 31.3 in the
Roseworthy region, around half a
degree below the January average of
The maximum temperature
recorded for Roseworthy this month
was 44.7 on January 2, but the
January record for the region was set
in 2009 with a top of 46.7.
And while the drop to 20.6 earlier
this month may have been a shock, it
sits several degrees above the January
record low of 16.2 in 1970.
Mr Ray said after a small spike of
warm weather next week, locals can
expect some mild conditions for the
remainder of the month.
"There is potential for more rainfall
through the remainder of January and
through February as well," he said.
"The rest of January and February
will be a little bit on the mild side, but
March and April could have potential
to be a little bit warmer than average."
TOUR DOWN UNDER Jack takes
EVANSTON Park's Jack Bobridge has stunned
the cycling world, claiming the first stage of
the Tour Down Under -- which started in the
Barossa Valley yesterday.
Bobridge won the 132.5-kilometre stage, which
started in Tanunda and went through Nuriootpa,
Lyndoch and Williamstown before heading to a fin-
ish at Campbelltown in Adelaide's suburbs.
World champion Bobridge not only collected the
stage win but also the first sprint points of the event
and the King of the Mountain jersey.
Bobridge was part of a four-man breakaway that
teased the peloton throughout the race, taking out
a sprint finish from Dutchman Lieuwe Westra, of
Astana, and Orica-Green Edge's Luke Durbridge.
The local rider, who is preparing for an assault on
the world hour record, goes into today's second stage
wearing the leader's ochre jersey and a four-second
advantage over Westra.
It was the perfect end to the local stage after the
race, last week, was given the green light to travel
through the bushfire-affected areas of the Adelaide
Hills, following a safety audit.
Speaking to The Bunyip before the race, Bobridge
said he hoped the event would brighten local spirits.
"Hopefully, the race coming through there can
bring them a bit of joy and take the tension away a
little bit for them," he said.
Ahead of the race, he was also looking forward to
showing his younger team members the ropes.
"It's a fantastic time for the young guys on the team
to show themselves and put themselves out there to
some of the world tour teams," he said.
Among Bobridge's young Team UniSA mates
was fellow local lad Miles Scotson, making his Tour
Down Under debut.
Scotson said it was going to be a big week and a
"I know I've got good form at the moment after
winning two national titles last week, I'm just finding
my place within the more experienced (riders) in the
world tour bunch."
World champion cyclist Cadel Evans signs in for the
rst stage of the Tour Down Under in Tanunda.
PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
Barossa mayor Bob Sloane
addresses the crowd before the
race in Tanunda yesterday.
Craig Jones with a bike that was
ridden in the Tour De France
races in the 60s at the Tour Down
Under rst stage in Tanunda
Jackie (left) and Craig Patterson with Helen and Graeme Adcock, of Adelaide,
enjoying their time at the Tour Down Under race in Tanunda yesterday.
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