Down­pour de­light

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

TAS­MA­NIA en­joyed a warm March that also de­liv­ered good rains.

A se­ries of cold fronts brought a colder and wet end to the month and also sent a rain­fall record tum­bling.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy sta­tis­tics for the month show tem­per­a­tures were above av­er­age in parts of the state in the first half of March, no­tably on the 10th and 17th when the mercury reached 30C.

There was also a strong high-pres­sure sys­tem.

Ho­bart’s warm­est day was 30.1C on March 17 while the coolest day in the state’s cap­i­tal was March 26 when the tem­per­a­ture peaked at just 15.9C.

Ouse recorded the state’s top tem­per­a­ture for the month with 31.3C on March 10.

In stark con­trast, it got down to -3.9C at But­ler’s Gorge overnight on the 21st.

A rain­fall record was set at Scotts Peak Dam in the South­West on March 19, when 43.2mm fell in just 24 hours.

BOM cli­ma­tol­o­gist Ian Barnes-Keoghan said a cooler change would come this month but it was still likely to be warmer than av­er­age.

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