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Tasmania gets a warm, wet winter

Friday August 30, 2013 - 22:00 EST
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Tasmania had a warm and wet winter - ABC

Tasmania's wet winter has seen rainfall records broken, and unseasonably warm weather.

Most Tasmanians are likely to remember the 2013 winter as particularly wet.

While June was drier than average, the last half of winter brought record rainfall to the north of the state.

Launceston, Wynyard, Marrawah and Burnie have all had their wettest August on record.

Statewide it has been the wettest August since 2009.

Scottsdale, Wynyard and Burnie have had their wettest winters in 20 years.

Climatologist Lorien Martin says there has been little relief in the north.

"It just has not stopped raining and those catchments have been saturated since July, and so the ground is quite soggy and as we've heard there's been a few flooding events in August," she said.

It has also been a warm winter, with Tasmania's hottest July day on record.

The weather bureau says the outlook for Spring is for warmer than average temperatures to continue for all areas of Tasmania and for above-average rainfall in a band extending from the north-west to the south-east of the state.


- ABC

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