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Western Australia set for a scorching summer

Perth cruises through dry, ‘benign’ November as BOM flags glimpse of hot summer to come, ABC News, By Irena Ceranic 30 Nov 18  As Queensland sweltered through heatwave conditions which fuelled catastrophic bushfires, and torrential rain flooded New South Wales, Perth cruised through a mild November, recording its driest in 61 years and coolest in a decade.

Key points:

  • Perth’s spring rainfall totalled 78.4mm, compared to the average of 148.9mm
  • The average temperature in Perth in November was a cooler-than-usual 25.3C
  • The temperature in the city on Monday is forecast to soar to 36C

There were only two wet days in the month and between them, they delivered just 3.2 millimetres of rain to the Perth metro gauge — far less than the 23.2mm average — making it the driest November since 1957.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) spokesman Neil Bennett said the days were also cooler than usual, with an average of 25.3 degrees Celsius………

Get set for a summer scorcher

Perth had an unusually cool summer in 2017-18 and did not record a single day over 38C. But above-average temperatures are expected over much of WA this time around, according to the outlook for December to February from BOM.

“We don’t have a strong signal one way or the other for the rainfall, so that sort of suggests that we’re likely to see average rainfall for the next three months,” said Mr Bennett.

“Temperature-wise though, it does look as if the odds are favouring warmer-than-average temperatures.”

Perth will get a glimpse of what is to come on Monday, when the temperature is forecast to soar to 36C.


December 1, 2018 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, Western Australia

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