Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Australia's dry December

Rob Sharpe, Tuesday January 1, 2013 - 15:07 EDT

Most of Australia's state capitals had one of their driest December's in years, with more hot and generally dry weather on the way.

Adelaide's December was the driest month since January 2009 with only 12mm of rain. This also made it the driest December in 10 years.

Melbourne was also left with thirsty parks and gardens, gaining just 30mm which is half the December average of 59mm.

Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Darwin all had drier than average December's as well, with Brisbane recording the lowest December rain in 12 years.

The drier than usual conditions have been primarily due to a dominance of high pressure over much of the country, which has led to less cloud cover and rainfall. Similar conditions are likely to continue for much of January, with reduced cloud cover also allowing heat to build over the country.

Perth has already recorded a record heat wave, averaging a daily maximum temperature of 39 degrees over the last seven days. The city also had its driest December in three years, but more notably it was its hottest December in 13 years.

The heat that has been impacting Perth will move east through the country this week bringing temperatures in the high 30's and even the low 40's to Adelaide and possibly Melbourne.

During the next week-and-a-half, Sydney and Canberra will also experience temperatures soaring into the mid 30's and possibly 40's in western Sydney next week.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Spring starting damp in WA

18:11 EST

The Southwest Land Division is starting spring as winter ended, wet, helping grain crops recover after a drier-than-normal winter The Southwest Land Division dried out during August then picked up reasonable rain at the end of the month and is about to get spring off to a wet start, giving grain farmers some hope.

Rains fall across Mallee over weekend but farmers want more

16:36 EST

Broadacre crop growers in the Mallee region of South Australia and Victoria could be able to minimise losses from severe frost if they get more decent rain.

South Australia warned of another severe bushfire season

15:08 EST

The latest bushfire outlook has warned of a heightened risk of fires across South Australia this summer.