Al­bany faces dri­est year on record

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

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 less than one month to go, the to­tal is well be­low the av­er­age yearly fall of 798.1mm.

The dri­est year to date was in 1983 when 611.6mm fell, which is 46.8mm more than Al­bany Air­port has re­ceived so far this year.

Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy spokesman Neil Ben­nett said we could ex­pect an av­er­age De­cem­ber rain­fall. “For rain­fall and temps . . . 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, while 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.

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