Driest winter since 2001, despite rain

South Western Times

Bunbury has recorded less than half of its average annual winter rainfall, with just 154.6mm of rain falling on the city since June 1.

A cold front brought strong winds and rain to the city on Tuesday but despite the 34.2mm of rain which fell in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, Bunbury is on track to record its driest winter since 2001.

“The average Bunbury rainfall for July is 165.6mm and the city hasn’t even had much rain since the start of June,” Bureau of Meteorology climate and weather information officer John Relf said.

“Bunbury is sitting at 87mm for the month but there is some pretty nasty weather on the way with Thursday night and Friday looking particularly bad.”

Mr Relf flagged the possibility of a severe wind warning for the end of the week.

“There are a number of lows coming through and it looks like winter is well and truly upon us,” he said.

“Bunbury can expect strong, gusty winds from today through until Saturday morning, when they will start to abate a little.”

Tuesday’s rainfall was the highest recorded on a July day in Bunbury since 45.6mm fell on the city on July 16, 2008

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