The East Coast of Tasmania has been saturated during November, with records being broken in some places.
Bicheno has recorded 228mm of rain so far during November, more than four times the average and the wettest on record. Elsewhere, Friendly Beach and St Helens have also been soaked this month with 226mm and 214mm respectively, the heaviest November falls in over a decade. Further south in Hobart, almost double the average November rainfall has been recorded with 80mm for the month.
The above average November rainfall was caused by a couple of ideally placed low pressure systems around the 12th to 14th and the 21st to 24th of the month. These low pressure systems were situated in such a way that they directed moist onshore winds and heavy rain onto the east coast of the state for a number of days.
Temperatures have generally been a bit cooler than average as well as cloud associated with wet conditions have kept temperatures down. Campania in the Lower Derwent is likely to record its coolest average maximum temperature for November in over a decade with an average maximum temperature for the month so far of 17.5 degrees. For Campania, this can be explained by the above average number of rain days and again the wettest November in over a decade, 102mm, causing less sunshine and therefore causing cooler maximum temperatures than normal.
Looking ahead, more rain is set for Tasmanians with a low pressure system forming off the east coast on Thursday. This should direct gusty winds and 10-15mm of rain onto the east coast of the Apple Isle. Friday is likely to be the last day of rain for November across most of the state as a high pressure system brings dry conditions for the final day of what has been a wet month.
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