Driest spring on record

By Jamie Salter

Spring 2019 was the driest on record nationally, according to a seasonal climate summary by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

For Victoria, the mean maximum temperature was 1.01°C above average.

Rainfall for the season was among the lowest 10 per cent of historical records for parts of northern Victoria, and the average rainfall for Victoria reached 110.9 mm.

For NSW, the mean maximum temperature was 2.6°C above average, as the state experienced its warmest period on record from January to November.

The warmest day for spring 2019 occurred across NSW on Thursday, November 21, with an average of 39.4°C.

The average rainfall for NSW was the lowest since 2002 at 48.5 mm, 61 per cent below average.

The coldest day of spring reached a top of -4°C at Mount Hotham on Monday, September 9 and the coldest night dropped to -8.3°C at Thredbo in NSW on Tuesday, September 17.

The mean maximum temperature for spring was among the 10 warmest on record for all states, except Victoria and Tasmania.

This spring was recorded as the fifth-warmest on record for Australia, and warm and dry conditions throughout the year caused an increased fire risk across NSW and Queensland.

The mean maximum temperature for Australia was the second-warmest on record, 2.41°C warmer than average and 0.04°C behind the record set in 2014.

Mean maximum temperatures across the region:

● Shepparton: 23.0°C, 0.8 degrees above average.

● Kyabram: 23.2°C, 1.7 degrees above average.

● Deniliquin: 24.6°C, 0.7 degrees above average.

● Tocumwal: 23.9°C, 1.1 degrees above average.

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