Leon Piper | Drive producer

After the warmest start to winter on record, winter is finally here. The rain has arrived and it’s brought the cold weather along for the ride.

Here’s the rundown from the Weather Ferret, JR.

From warm to cold

Last month was the warmest June on record in Perth, with a mean max temp of 21.4°C. That’s 0.4°C warmer than the previous record recorded in 2015, and 2°C warmer than the average of 19.4°C. To make matters even less wintery, we only reached 51% of our average June rainfall numbers, with 88mm in total.

The rains are here

As if by magic, the winter we all know and love has arrived. the nights are cold and the chance of precipitation is high. In fact, on Sunday Perth recorded its coldest day of the year so far, a positively chilly 14.6°C, though still a fair bit warmer than the coldest July day on record, an icy 10.5°C recorded in 1906. However, that was nothing compared to the conditions further south. The peak of Bluff Knoll near Albany enjoyed a snowfall heavy enough to make a snowman, with more expected throughout this week.

If you like rain then it’s all good news from here. the immediate forecast is for the wet weather to continue, with Wednesday picking up rain, storms and possible hail.

What to expect this month

On average, July is the coldest month of the year, with average temperatures ranging from 7.8 to 18.4°C. Those hoping to get a start on their summer tan will be disappointed, as Perth gets on average just 6.1 hours of sunshine in the month. Good news though if you’re a fan of blankets, as Perth usually gets around 8 cold nights in July, though the record is 21 nights, recorded in 2012.

Perth dams

the dams have risen slightly since two weeks ago, now sitting at 30.3%, 0.5% higher. They’re higher still than this time last year, when they were sitting at 25.2%.

Catch JR’s chat with Jeziel at 4.10pm on Mondays on 98five