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Warm March weather sets record

Monday June 3, 2013 - 16:14 EST

The month of March has proven the warmest on record in Tasmania.

The Weather Bureau has released figures showing autumn began with a heatwave, with some parts of the state reaching temperatures in the mid 30s.

By May conditions had cooled to record lows, with Launceston registering just 9 degrees on May 20th.

Climatologist Ian Barnes-Keoghan says the conditions reflect a national long-term trend.

"To some extent this is just sort of following a pattern that we've been seeing right across the year really," he said.

"We've got very warm sea surface temperatures around the country at the moment, it's really holding temperatures up.

"Large parts of the country have had a very warm start to the year."

Mount Read was the wettest location, while just 52 millimetres of rain fell at Tunbridge.

Hobart rainfall was well down, at 93 millimetres.

Mr Barnes-Keoghan says conditions were ideal for bushfires in late April and that is not usually the case.

"We had a cold front coming in, very windy, pushed the temperatures up into the mid 20s, gusts well over 100 kilometres an hour."

The bureau is forecasting a mild winter ahead.


© ABC 2013

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