The last week hasn’t been terribly spring-like. With cold weather and rain a plenty, it almost feels like winter again. But if you’re wondering when the spring sunshine will return, good news. JR our unstoppable Weather Ferret has all the weather news.
On Thursday and Friday the south west of the state was battered by two strong cold fronts. The Friday front was the stronger of the two, measuring 16.7hPA on the JR storm index (that’s derived from the pressure gradient from Geraldton to Albany). Speaking of Albany, on Thursday the airport there recorded a wind gust of 139km/h, the strongest since a gust of 150km/h in 1978. The strongest gust recorded in Perth during these events was 111km/h recorded at Gooseberry Hill.
The return of spring
Even though the forecast is predicting rain and cold weather for the next few days, the good news for sun lovers is that spring should return by Saturday. The bureau is forecasting sunny days with temps in the low to mid twenties. On Sunday and Monday in fact, Perth can expect temperatures to peak at 25°C. This will be 1.6°C above the average maximum temperature for October.
Sweltering in NSW
While we were enjoying the wind and rain last week, NSW was experiencing its hottest September on record in some parts. Wilcannia aerodrome recorded the states hottest September day on record with 40.5°C. Four other locations in the state also reached 40°C, including White Cliff with 40.3°C and Bourke Airport with 40.0°C
The dams are at 42.9% this week, on the way up from 42.5% last week. This time last year they were at 31.7%. Our metro dams are currently holding 35% more water than they were last year.