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Perth rainfall summer roundup

Thomas Hough, Saturday February 29, 2020 - 15:38 EDT

Perth saw some better rainfall this month, the last of summer, recording 34.3mm up until 9am today.

This is over double the monthly average and makes it the second wettest February of the last decade, behind only 2017 when 137.2mm fell in the rain gauge. All of this fell in the last week with the majority falling between 9am on Tuesday and 9am on Friday, courtesy of a low pressure trough and associated thunderstorms.

In addition to being the second heaviest February rainfall in 10 years, this month's rain is the best rainfall of any month since August 2019 when 114.2mm was recorded.

Despite the better rainfall in February, Perth still recorded its 5th driest summer of the last decade (39.7mm), with the summers of 18/19 (9.2mm), 15/16 (29.4mm), 13/14 (2mm) and 12/13 (28.2mm) drier.

Looking ahead to the first week of Autumn little rainfall is on the horizon, with summer like temperatures instead making a return. Mid-week looks to be the peak of the heat, when the mercury could rise to the mid-30's

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