February rainfall below average in region

By Country News on March 07, 2017
  • February rainfall below average in region

    The rain stayed away in February but returned to Shepparton on Saturday night.

Wet weather isn’t the norm at this time of year, and towns around the Goulburn Valley and the Southern Riverina have experienced below-average rainfall during the last month of summer.

During February, Euroa recorded 34.4mm, closely followed by Rochester (31.5mm) and Shepparton (26.6mm), while Yarrawonga (17.4mm) and Finley (9.2mm) hardly saw any rain for the month.

Euroa was the only town of the five to record above-average rainfall; its average February total is 33.8mm.

Rochester recorded average rainfall for the month, while Shepparton (average 33.5mm), Yarrawonga (average 39mm) and Finley (average 27.4mm) recorded well below average February totals.

And while Shepparton didn’t have much rain in February, Saturday night helped make up for it when 11.4mm fell during a thunderstorm.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Richard Carlyon said storm activity was common at this time of year.

‘‘We still see summer-like storms occurring in March if there has been a build-up of heat and moisture, so that can certainly still happen at this time of the year,’’ he said.

As part of the weather bureau’s climate outlook for the next three months, most of Victoria, including the Goulburn Valley, will receive below average rainfall.

Days and nights are likely to be warmer than average across most of Australia, with further heatwaves possible.

By Country News on March 07, 2017
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