The Bureau of Meteorology has released its Seasonal Climate Summary for spring 2018, indicating some welcome rain along with warmer than average temps and another local heat record.
The Mudgee Airport Weather Station experienced its equal-highest spring mean overnight temperature, with 9°C matching the record set in 2015 and comfortably covering the local average of 7.7°C. The mean maximum temp for the season was 23.5°C, which was half a degree above average.
Gulgong Post Office Weather Station’s mean daytime top, 24.4°C, was nearly a full degree above the seasonal norm of 23.5°C. With the mean minimum figure of 10.4°C went 1.2°C over average.
Where as the Nullo Mountain Weather Station in the Rylstone/Kandos area was bang-on average for both means in 2018.
Mudgee and Gulgong were typical of New South Wales generally, with maximum and minimum temperatures above average for almost the whole state and nights especially warm.
In terms of rainfall all three local stations had a normal spring, Mudgee was the furthest from the norm for the season receiving 82 per cent of its spring average with 147.6mm recorded, Gulgong collecting 154mm (95 per cent) and Nullo Mountain 236.2mm (97 per cent).
Statewide at least some parts of NSW had a wet spring, after a series of dry seasons, although many didn’t get much of a reprieve.
There was an easing of medium-term rainfall deficiencies in some areas of the state, but longer-term deficiencies remain. This is also true of the region’s locations that are hundreds of millimetres in arrears when compared to their respective January-to-November averages.
The Bureau of Meteorology last week released its 2018-19 Summer Outlook which predicts a hotter than normal summer.
Check out the Bureau’s Spring 2018 Seasonal Climate Summary for New South Wales at www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/season/nsw/summary