Total winter rainfall well below average

ABOVE AVERAGE: The Wimmera has recorded its highest total August rainfall since 2010, with an above average monthly total recorded.

ABOVE AVERAGE: The Wimmera has recorded its highest total August rainfall since 2010, with an above average monthly total recorded.

COOLER: The August average maximum temperature of 14.1 degrees was 0.6 degrees below average.

COOLER: The August average maximum temperature of 14.1 degrees was 0.6 degrees below average.

The Wimmera has received its highest August rainfall since 2010, with the Longerenong College Weather Station recording a wetter than average month.

Weather statistics, compiled by Longerenong Weather Recorder Brett Allender, show that the total rainfall for the month of August was 57.2 millimetres.

This was the highest August rainfall total since the 76.2mm that fell in 2010.

However, Mr Allender said that the total winter rainfall of 104.2mm was below the long-term average of 131.4mm. He said this was largely due to a very dry June 2017, with only 5.0mm of rain recorded.

This 5.0mm received was the third-lowest June total on record behind the 1.6mm in 1944 and 4.3mm in 1930. The rainfall recorded for the winter months of July and August, however, were on or above average.

Longerenong College statistics show that the August average maximum temperature of 14.1 degrees was 0.6 degrees below average, making it the coolest August since the 12.9 degrees recorded in 2010.

Mr Allender said that the winter average maximum temperature of 14.4 degrees was 0.5 degrees above the long-term winter average of 13.9 degrees.

August experienced 11 frosts compared to the long-term average of nine, with five minimums below zero. The coldest minimum of minus 1.6 degrees was recorded on August 20.

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