Al­bany is set to record one of its dri­est years on record, with just 564.8mm of rain recorded — more than 200mm be­low the an­nual av­er­age, with no ma­jor rain­fall forecast in De­cem­ber.

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Al­bany is on track for the dri­est year on record if it re­ceives an av­er­age De­cem­ber rain­fall.

The Al­bany Air­port has re­ceived a to­tal of 564.8mm in 2018 so far, and with one month to go, the to­tal is well be­low the av­er­age yearly fall of 798.1mm.

The cur­rent dri­est year oc­curred in 1983 when 611.6mm fell, which is 46.8mm more than Al­bany Air­port has re­ceived so far in 2018.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy spokesman Neil Ben­nett said we could ex­pect to see an av­er­age De­cem­ber rain­fall.

“It is cer­tainly shap­ing up to be one of the dri­est years on record,” he said.

“For rain­fall and temps, the out­look doesn't have a strong sig­nal one way or the other, so it’s likely to be close to av­er­age, which is 27.8mm and 23.1C for De­cem­ber in Al­bany.

“The next three months are also likely to be close to av­er­age for both rain and temps.”

The av­er­age tem­per­a­ture of sum­mer is 23.4C and the av­er­age rain­fall is 73.7mm.

Mr Ben­nett said rain­fall in the South West as a whole had been be­low-av­er­age for spring.

“Ba­si­cally rain­fall has been very much be­low av­er­age this year, whilst max and min temps have been av­er­age to above av­er­age,” he said. Al­bany re­ceived 42.6mm in Novem­ber, com­pared with the Novem­ber av­er­age of 47mm.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Ester Eg­gmo­lesse and her grand­fa­ther Cor­ban Moran en­joy the clear skies at Al­bany ma­rina with dog Alby.

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