The Maryborough region joined the rest of the nation in recording a dry 2019, with the town’s annual rainfall total the lowest in 17 years.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 2019 was both the driest and hottest year on record with Australia’s average mean temperature last year 1.52 degrees above average, while the national average rainfall total was 277 mm, the lowest since consistent national records began in 1900. The previous record low was 314 mm set during the Federation drought in 1902.
In Maryborough, the year was book-ended with extreme heat, with January and December recording their hottest days since records began, with a scorching top of 44.8° reached on January 25, while on December 20 the mercury rose to a blistering 43.9°.
2019’s annual mean maximum temperature was 21.8°, the equal hottest since 2007 and less than one degree off the hottest mean since records began.
The hottest month throughout the year was January with a monthly mean maximum of 33.9°, five degrees above the month’s longterm mean of 28.9°.
Nine out of the year’s 12 months recorded temperatures above their longterm means with May, August and September the only exceptions.
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