Region records second driest September

Maryborough has battled through its second driest September on record, Bureau of Meteorology statistics have revealed.

According to official BoM records, just nine millimetres of rain fell in Maryborough last month, the lowest amount of rain for a September month since 1938 — the driest in 140 years of data collection by the Bureau when just 4.7 mm of rain was recorded.

From 1878 onwards, only two Septembers other than 1938 and 2018 have failed to reach the 10 millimetre mark, in 1914 (9.2 mm) and 1951 (9.7 mm).

The record-breaking dry spell matches conditions across the state and the country.

According to BoM’s monthly summary for Australia released on Monday, last month was the nation’s driest September on record and second driest for the state of Victoria.

“September rainfall was very much below average across much of Victoria including small areas of lowest on record, making it the state’s overall second-driest September on record and driest since 1914,” the summary said.

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