Ready for dry summer?
Seymour has experienced a dry year and it is only set to get drier leading into the summer months.
According to Bureau of Meteorology data, Seymour had recorded just 390.8 mm of rainfall so far this year (to Monday), more than 200 mm less than its average rainfall across a 12-month period (597 mm).
The district is in line with the rest of the state which is on track to have one of the top 10 driest springs since records began in 1900, according to the bureau’s 2018-19 Summer Outlook.
And it has not only been dry — the weather has rapidly warmed up too, with the region hitting 37.5°C on Friday — the warmest day since February 7 this year, when the region sweltered through a 38.6°C day.
There were four consecutive days above 30 degrees last week, with the temperatures soaring to 31.5°C on Wednesday, 34.7°C on Thursday, and 30.9°C on Saturday, before the temperatures returned to a much more pleasant 26.8°C on Sunday.
BoM’s long-range forecasting manager Andrew Watkins said conditions had generally been quite dry throughout the state and it was likely to see a hotterthan-normal summer period.
‘‘It has been particularly warm during October — about the sixth warmest on record,’’ Dr Watkins said.
The summer outlook also showed there was an 80 per cent chance of exceeding normal temperatures in the next three months.
❝It has been particularly warm during October — about the sixth warmest on record . . . Summer in Australia typically brings hot temperatures for many communities and the outlook indicates this summer will be no different.❞
‘‘Summer in Australia typically brings hot temperatures for many communities and the outlook indicates this summer will be no different,’’ he said.
Dr Watkins said it was also looking like El Nin˜ o would come into play with the chance of an El Nin˜ o forming in 2018 sitting at 70 per cent, roughly triple the normal risk.
According to the Bureau, an El Nin˜ o typically brings drier and warmer conditions to eastern Australia but the rainfall effects tend to be less pronounced in the south during summer months.
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