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Cold, wet and gloomy week in Hobart

Ben Domensino, Tuesday June 18, 2013 - 13:22 EST

Hobart continues to endure a cold and wet wintery blast, recording the wettest four day June spell in over a decade and the coldest five days for June since 2007.

A semi-stationary low pressure system over the Tasman Sea has maintained a cold and wet airstream over southern Tasmania since Thursday.

Hobart has recorded 45mm of rain in just four days between 9am Friday and 9am Tuesday, which is less than 10mm short of the June montly average. It is also the first time that over 5mm has been recorded on four consecutive days during June since 2002.

Nearby Mt Wellington has recorded 186mm during the past six days, including 32mm in the 24 hours to 9am today. This is the wettest six-day June spell there since at least 2000.

Coats and scarves have been as necessary as umbrellas, with cold air and cloud keeping the temperature below 11 degrees in Hobart since Thursday. This has now been the city's coldest five day spell during June in six years.

Adding to the gloomy feel has been a lack of sunshine, with just 3.5 hours of total sunshine in the past 5 days. This is just over one fifth of the long term average for this time of year.

Today should be the first time since last Wednesday that the mercury climbs above 11 degrees thanks to some breaks in the cloud.

Looking ahead, the low will finally move east away from Tasmania on Wednesday, carrying widespread heavy rain and snow across New Zealand. However, showers associated with a weak trough will bring another cold and wet day to Hobart on Wednesday.

Thankfully for those that have not been enjoying the recent weather, a high pressure system will bring clearer skies on Thursday, allowing the mercury to climb a couple of degrees.

Hobart typically receives 53mm of rain during June and if the city records another 4.3mm by the end of the month, this will be just the second wetter-than-average month since September.

- Weatherzone

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