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Warm and dry April in Australia

Ben Domensino, Tuesday May 1, 2018 - 06:00 AEST


Australia experienced its second warmest and eighth driest April on record.


The Bureau of Meteorology’s monthly climate summary for April, which was released on Tuesday, quantified what many people in Australia were thinking last month: it’s unusually warm and dry for this time of year.


Much warmer and drier, in fact.


Australia’s area-averaged mean temperature last month was more than 2.3 degrees above the long-term average, and the second highest measured in April during more than a century of records. Australia’s warmest year was 2005.


The nation’s area-averaged mean temperature for April was calculated by combining daily minimum and maximum temperature observations from more than 100 weather stations across the country.


When considered alone, last month was also Australia’s hottest April on record in terms of daytime maximums and the fourth warmest based on minimums.


Rainfall was notably absent in parts of every state and territory, which caused the country as a whole to register its driest April in 21 years and the eighth driest on record.


At the state level, it was also the warmest April on record based on mean and maximum temperatures for New South Wales and South Australia and the second warmest for Victoria and Western Australia.


Visit http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/current/ for more information on Australia’s weather and climate during April 2018.


- Weatherzone

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