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Aurora seen by millions from qathet to Australia

End of May weather now called 'May-uary' due to cold/rain
MAY LIGHTS: Folks in the qathet region were witness to an aurora light show on May 10 and May 11. People gathered in places such as Mowat Bay Park to watch the colourful lights.

Although rain is welcomed by most gardeners in the qathet region, the chilly side of the month of May might not be as welcome.

Monday, May 27, the Northern Sunshine Coast was ranked by Weatherhood as the second coldest region at 9.4 degrees Celsius earlier in the day. Today through to Wednesday the region will see more than 20 millimetres of rain, with a high of 14 degrees in the daytime, and a low of 7 degrees in the evening.

Weatherhood predicts that the sun will shine with temperature highs between 14 and 17 degrees on Thursday and Friday, but with rain returning on the weekend. 

On the weekend of May 10 and May 11 northern lights dazzled millions around the world including in qathet. 

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), colourful lights were seen around the world at unusually low latitudes.

"Reports of the northern lights, or aurora borealis, occurred as far south as Florida and the Bahamas, with the southern lights, or aurora australis, also being reported as far north as southern Africa and Australia," stated the ECCC report.

The aurora was caused by unusually strong bursts of solar wind that interacted with Earth's magnetosphere, in an event known as a geomagnetic storm.

ECCC stated that the current solar cycle peaks in July 2025, so anyone who missed the recent solar activity, there will be more chances to see lights in the sky in the coming months.

"Auroras tend to be most visible in the middle of the night; it is best to dress warmly and head away from the city lights to a dark spot with a clear view of the sky,” ECCCstated. “Bursts of activity can come and go, so patience is key.”

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