Jan­uary one of the cold­est

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha has “shiv­ered” through one of its cold­est Jan­uarys on record with tem­per­a­tures plum­met­ing be­low 34C for 10 days in a row.

With ex­pected tem­per­a­tures at 30 and 32C for the last two days of Jan­uary at the time of print, Kar­ratha Aero will record an average of 34.2C for the month.

That would make it the third cold­est Jan­uary since records be­gan in 1994, with just two in­stances of 34C (2006, 2000) recorded be­low it.

Tem­per­a­tures in most other Pil­bara towns were about the longterm average.

The trop­i­cal low, which moved down the Pil­bara coast at the week- end, gave coastal ar­eas of the Pil­bara a good soak­ing.

Kar­ratha Aero recorded 82.4mm over three days, dou­ble the longterm average for Jan­uary.

Onslow Air­port recorded 36.4mm. Lear­month Aero near Ex­mouth re­ceived just 6mm.

Some in­land parts of the Pil­bara missed out on the week­end’s down­pour.

Parabur­doo recorded 33.4mm for the month to Jan­uary 29 while fur­ther north, Hill­side Sta­tion near Mar­ble Bar copped a soak­ing with 226mm, its high­est Jan­uary rain­fall on record.

The mild low-30s tem­per­a­tures look set to con­tinue into Fe­bru­ary, with pos­si­ble show­ers and storms pre­dicted for most of the week.

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