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Adelaide records coldest July in almost 20 years

Saturday August 1, 2015 - 11:36 EST
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Adelaide experienced its coldest July since 1997 and also had some light snow. - ABC

Adelaide has recorded its chilliest July in close to 20 years, with both maximum and minimum temperatures colder than average.

July's rainfall was about average, but after a dry June, Adelaide is still a way off reaching its expected winter rainfall.

Bureau of Meteorology Senior Forecaster Mark Anolack said those who have been feeling the cold more this winter have not been imagining it.

"July certainly was cooler than average," he said.

"Generally around Adelaide we have about 15.3 degrees (Celsius) as an average maximum temperature.

"This year, it was a little bit cooler with 14.6 degrees, and that was actually our coldest July since July 1997."

Overnight temperatures for Adelaide in July normally average 7.5C, but this year the overnight average was just 6.7C, the coldest since 1998.

Earlier in the month in the Adelaide Hills earlier in the month.

Rain is expected for the rest of today with conditions set to improve by the end of the week.

Temperatures should remain around the 14C mark for the first week of August.

"With a high pressure system moving in from the west we'll see conditions start to improve and by the end of the week we're looking at fine conditions and temperatures around the mid teens," Mr Anolack said.


- ABC

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