Hot days and low rainfall expected for summer ahead

It was a dry and relatively warm spring across the Maryborough region, with just 6.2 millimetres of rain falling throughout October, all three months recording below median totals and the district sweltering through the second hottest November day since 1982.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), which recently released its summer outlook, spring in the Maryborough region saw 61.6 mm of rain throughout the three months and temperatures rise to a scorching top of 39.5 degrees on November 21 to make it the hottest day of the season, the warmest November day since 2012 and second hottest since 1982.

On November 8 the mercury reached just 14.1° to make it the coldest November day in 11 years, while the month’s mean temperature was 23.1°, which is on par with the long term mean.

While October’s rainfall total is well below the month’s median of 47.3 mm and makes it the driest in four years, its maximum mean temperature (22.4°) was over two degrees above the long term average (20.2°)

Although November ranked in as the wettest spring month for 2019, with 33.5 mm of rain, it also recorded the lowest median total since 2015 (21.6 mm).

During September, 24.2 mm of rain fell in Maryborough, more than 20 mm less than the month’s long term median, while the mercury rose to 25.8° on the 20th to make it the hottest September day for 2019 and managed a mere top of 12.6° on the 16th to make it the coldest day of the month and chilliest spring day.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, December 10

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