Milder sum­mer pre­dicted

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Albany is ex­pected to have a milder sum­mer than usual, with the Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­cast­ing be­low-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures in coming months.

The bu­reau’s se­nior cli­ma­tol­o­gist Glenn Cook said there was a 75 per cent chance of this month’s tem­per­a­tures be­ing slightly lower than av­er­age.

“It’ll be more likely to see cooler days over the next cou­ple of months — we’ll still see some warm ones, but the cooler days will prob­a­bly out­weigh the warmer days,” Mr Cook said.

The BOM pre­dicts an av­er­age max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 18.6C this month and a rel­a­tively cooler sum­mer with an av­er­age max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 20.2C in De­cem­ber — the mean max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture for De­cem­ber is 23.1C. The av­er­age max­i­mums for Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary are 24.8C and 24.9C re­spec­tively.

It comes af­ter Albany recorded a slightly drier win­ter than nor­mal, with 378.7mm of rain fall­ing from June-Au­gust, slightly be­low the 400.6mm av­er­age.

Mean­while, af­ter re­ceiv­ing plenty of rain­fall in the past few months, there’s a 55 per cent chance for Albany to re­ceive lower rain­fall than av­er­age in the coming months.

“The prob­a­bil­ity is just slightly more likely to be be­low av­er­age than above av­er­age for Oc­to­ber,” Mr Cook said.

“It’s close to 50-50, which just means any­thing can hap­pen — the climate is not driven to­wards one way or an­other so any­thing re­ally pos­si­ble. But there is a slight chance that it would likely be be­low-av­er­age rain­fall.”

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Mid­dle­ton Beach was a pop­u­lar spot to cool off last sum­mer.

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