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Adelaide's late taste of autumn

Kim Westcott, Sunday April 29, 2018 - 16:25 AEST

April was a very interesting month weatherwise for the City of Churches.

It looks like autumn-like conditions have finally arrived for Adelaide, with the past several days bringing near-average conditions, a few showers and some crisp cool mornings; a stark contrast to the previous three weeks. Typically, April in Adelaide would see mornings drop to eight degrees and daytime temperatures reach 22 degrees.

However, this April has been one for the record books. Adelaide's Kent Town station recorded its equal hottest April day on record at 36.9 degrees, a record that was set over two decades ago. Adelaide's West Terrace broke its hottest day April day record, twice in the same week, when the mercury peaked at 36.3 degrees.

There were two distinct hot periods this month. Overall April days averaged over four degrees above the long-term norm. While the official figures are not yet available, it is shaping up to be the hottest April in at least 40 years of records for the Kent Town site for daytime temperatures.

To top it all off, it has been severely lacking in the rainfall department this month. Generally, Adelaide can expect to see around 40mm of rain, and most stations in the area have recorded around half of that so far this month. While this in itself is not unusual, most places have seen below-average rainfall for the past four-to-eight months.

Looking ahead, warm and mostly sunny conditions will start off the working week. A cooler change looks to arrive early on Thursday, potentially bringing 5-15mm of rain and dropping temperatures down to the low 20's. A high will build in behind, maintaining mild, dry and mostly sunny conditions.

- Weatherzone

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