• Tomorrow to be our hottest winter’s day

    FULL FLOWER: Nursery owner, Eric Geelam, says plants are three to four weeks ahead of schedule. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

    PLANTS and people are confused by the spring-like weather in Wangaratta.

    Tomorrow is predicted to be 20 degrees, which would make it the hottest July day on record, potentially eclipsing the 19 degrees recorded on July 25, 1989.

    The Bureau of Meteorology is also tipping the temperature to drop to just 12 degrees tomorrow, which would go past Monday night’s minimum temperature of 11.8, which was the warmest minimum since 1975.

    Plants are already feeling the effect of the warmer than usual temperatures, with cherry blossoms on show in some gardens as many trees “go early”.

    Linga A While nursery owner, Eric Geelam said many of the nursery’s fruit trees were in flower.

    “I’ve got a peach tree in full bud with leaves shooting, a plum tree ready to flower and a weeping apricot two weeks into flower,” he said.

    “Roses are starting to shoot already and some roses in gardens still have their leaves on them.”

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