Rain fails to dampen second-driest winter ever

31 Aug, 2010 09:45 AM

Despite a drizzly morning Perth has experienced its second-driest winter on record and is on track to beat the record for the highest number of cold nights.

Just 256 millimetres of rain has fallen since June 1, seeing this season to scrape past the winter in 1940 when just 260mm spattered across the city.

Perth received just over half of the long term average rainfall for winter, which sits at 480.7mm, and was only wetter than the 2006 season when 230.4mm fell.

The figures tell the tale of the fourth-driest year on record. Since January only 410.2mm has fallen, well below the average to August of 684.3mm.

That rain fell over 46 days, the smallest number of rainy days experienced in Perth since records began.

The city also shivered through the lowest minimum temperatures on record this winter, with the average sitting at 6.9 degrees.

It's on track to break the record for most coldest nights across the year. The Bureau of Meteorology classifies any night where the mercury dips below 5 degrees as a cold night.

Since January Perth has been gripped by 39 cold nights and if the Bureau's forecast is correct, by Monday the city will breach the record set in 2001 when it shivered through 41 cold nights.



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