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Melbourne's cool, wet summer by modern standards

Ben Domensino, Friday February 28, 2020 - 14:49 EDT

Melbourne is likely to have just experienced its coolest summer in at least 15 years.

While Australia as a whole had one of its three hottest summers on record based on maximum temperatures, some southern parts of the country had a mild summer by modern standards.

Based on preliminary data, Melbourne's mean temperature (combined minimums and maximums) during summer will be around 20.1 degrees. While this is around 0.4 degrees above the long-term average for the season, it's the lowest summer mean temperature in Melbourne since either 2004/05 or 2001/02, depending on the final figures.

Melbourne's mean maximum temperature this summer will be around 25.3 degrees, which is close to the city's long-term average for the season. However, this is mild by this century's standards and should be the city's lowest for summer in at least 15 years. This season's minimums alone, averaging around 15.0 degrees, should be the lowest in 18 years.

In addition to the mild weather, Melbourne also saw decent rainfall this season, with 198mm of rain falling during the last three months as of 9am on Friday. If this holds until the end of February, it will be the city's wettest summer in 11 years.

Observations for Melbourne date back to 1855.

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