South West summer temperatures and rainfall average

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times

The South West again bucked Statewide trends during the summer, with much of the region recording temperatures close to their expected averages.

Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Neil Bennett said it was the warmest summer on record for the State.

“When we look down the west coast and further through onto the south coast, it was pretty much an average summer in terms of daily temperatures,” he said.

“A lot of that was driven by the cut-off low in January, which brought a lot of heavy rain through.

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“Bunbury’s average temperature was 28.4 degrees, which is 0.6 degrees below average.”

The city’s hottest day came on February 6 when the temperature hit 36.1C. Rainfall was also close to average, with 36.8mm recorded during the three months.

“I wouldn’t say it’s been uneventful because there have been some severe bushfires, but compared to the rest of the country we had a pretty quiet summer in WA,” Mr Bennett said.

“Summer is obviously finished now but we are still in our wet season and we are still in our tropical cyclone season so there is still the possibility of heavy rainfall events and bushfire events.

“We’re not finished yet. March can be a hot month and we only have to go back 20 years to when severe tropical Cyclone Vance moved down from the North West.”

Temperatures are again more likely to be above average than below during autumn and the likelihood of above-average rainfall is also favourable.

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