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Parched Perth sees its 36th rainless day

Jamie-Louise Morrison, Tuesday November 26, 2013 - 11:41 EDT

Western Australia's Lower West district has seen virtually no rainfall since the start of November, making it potentially one of the driest Novembers in years.

It's been nothing but warm and dry weather for the Lower West, with November minimum and maximum temperatures currently standing at two to three degrees above average.

Perth has only seen six days below November's average maximum in the past 25 days of this month. Similarly, Swanbourne has only had three days below average.

This month has seen little rainfall, with Perth Metropolitan, Rottnest Island and Swanbourne yet to experience any precipitation. Perth Airport saw its first drop of rain on Sunday afternoon, with 0.2mm recorded.

The lack of rain for the Lower West has raised the potential for this month to be one of the driest Novembers on record for some parts. Perth Metropolitan has now had 36 rainless days since 18.2mm was recorded on 20th October, making it the fourth longest spring dry spell since 1880.

However, it is unlikely for this dry spell to continue for much longer. A low pressure system approaching the state is looking to bring some showers to the Lower West region by the end of this week.

Even so, this system is only expected to bring around 5mm to Perth Metropolitan, which will make it the first time since November 2007 when only 5mm fell.

- Weatherzone

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