First warm days of spring last weekend

September 04, 2017

The first spell of warmer than average days for this Spring arrived in our regions last weekend. Many places recorded maximum temperatures of over 25 degrees except NE Victoria and southern parts of the Riverina because of persistant high and middle level cloud.

Bairnsdale and Orbost further south in East Gippsland both recorded 26 on the Sunday 3rd September. Walgett recorded 33.0 on the Sunday and this was the hottest day for early September since 33.9 on September 2nd 1884. There were higher readings in August of 1946 and 2009.

Coonamble recorded 31.6 on the Sunday and this was the hottest day there for early September since 1953 and before that in 1940 and 1927.

The latter two did see many warm to hot days in our region in late September and well into October and then increasing wetness up to and including the summer.

Because of the record July- August heat this year in the NT the coming months is expected to be a repeat of 1927 and 1940.

On the NSW South Coast , Bega with a maximum temperature of 28.2 on the Sunday recorded it's hottest day for early September since 1986, whilst Moruya Heads with 28.5 recorded it's hottest early September day since 1948.

Both 1948 and 1986 saw unsettled, somewhat wet conditions in our regions during the spring and summer seasons.

There was a unseasonably hot spell late in September 1948 but apart from that not many very hot days in the coming months.

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