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Dry and warm September in NSW

Ben Domensino, Tuesday October 3, 2017 - 16:56 EDT

A spell of unusually dry and warm weather that gripped NSW during winter has spilled over into the start of spring.

The state just experienced its driest September on record and the sixth warmest in terms of maximum temperatures.

A lack of cloud cover and rain-bearing systems last month lead to a statewide average maximum temperature that was more than two degrees above the long term average. It was also the sixth warmest on record.

Pockets of eastern, central and western NSW received no rainfall at all during September and the statewide mean for the month was close to 90 per cent below the long-term September average.

The string of rainless days in western NSW contributed to the driest September on record for the Murray Darling Basin as a whole.

Sydney registered just 0.2mm during the month, which was the city's driest September on record and the second driest calendar month since records commenced in 1858.

Clear skies at night caused near to below average minimum temperatures for many areas in NSW, although the statewide average minimum was still slightly above the long term mean.

- Weatherzone

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