July in Mudgee was a month of contradictory weather records, with warm days – including the hottest ever - and freezing cold nights, and little rain.
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The month had the lowest average minimum temperature for July recorded at the Mudgee Airport weather station, -2.2°C (the previous record being -1.9°C in 2002), which was also a chilly -3.6°C below the norm for the month.
In total there were 25 days with a bottom temp below zero, the coldest being -6.5°C in the 24 hours prior to 9am on Saturday the 22nd.
Last month also had the highest average maximum temperature recorded for July at 16°C, just passing the old mark of 15.9°C in 2013.
However, this wasn’t the only heat record broken, with Sunday (the 30th) being the hottest ever July day at the weather station at 23.6°C.
Furthermore, it broke the old record by nearly three degrees, the previous benchmark was 20.8°C in 2008, and was a whopping 9.3°C above an average July day.
And to add to the month of extremes, just 2.6mm of rain was recorded at the airport weather station which was equal to the lowest ever there in July in 2002.
Even though the town had a soaking on Monday, that occurred after 9am and therefore didn’t count towards the official July tally.
According to Weatherzone.com.au an area of high pressure over the state ahead of an approaching front lead to widespread clear skies and light winds, resulting in of sub-zero temperatures.
And daytime heat escaping easily during nighttime hours.
Then on the weekend warm air drawn down ahead of the approaching front, lead to unseasonably warm conditions.
The spring-like conditions didn’t last though, with rain, cloud and colder wind returning on Monday.
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