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Adelaide chills as it achieves wettest winter in eight years

Brett Dutschke, Thursday August 22, 2013 - 15:00 EST

Recent rain has helped Adelaide achieve its wettest winter in eight years and coldest weather this late in the season in 16 years.

The city picked up 10mm of rain overnight, taking the seasonal total past last winter's 261mm.

All up, the city has recorded 262mm so far this season, about 35mm more than the long-term June-to-August average.

With further showers likely between now and September there is a chance of gaining a further 10 millimetres, taking the total close to the 2005 seasonal figure of 276mm but short of the 294mm accumulated in winter 2004.

The recent rain has enabled gardens and parks to become near-saturated, creeks to run freely and dams to refill.

Adelaide's catchment has gone beyond 72% of capacity, its highest level since December 2011.

The recent rain has also led to a few chilly days. Wednesday was the second coldest of the year, only reaching 12.5 degrees, four degrees below the August average.

The four days from Monday to Thursday have stayed colder than 15 degrees with an average maximum of just 13.6 degrees.

It is not unusual for Adelaide to get this cold in winter, but this is quite late in the season to be wearing multiple layers day after day.

The last time four consecutive days were this cold this late in the year was in 1997, when the four days from August 24th to August 27th averaged 13.4 degrees.

Thankfully for those who have had enough of the cold, wet weather it won't take long to brighten up. The weekend is looking good, generally dry and mostly sunny with the temperature reaching about 17 degrees on Saturday and 19 on Sunday.

Cold fronts are being replaced by a stable high pressure system, causing wind to ease and showers to gradually clear. The high will move east of South Australia, allowing wind to turn warmer northerly over the State.

Temperatures will rise into the twenties next week, as much as 10 degrees warmer than this week.

- Weatherzone

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