Wimmera spring 2017 hotter than average

THE Wimmera has recorded a warmer than usual spring with average rain.

Warracknabeal had the hottest spring day in the state, with the mercury reaching 39.6 degrees on November 29.

Ararat had its warmest spring night on record, with a low of 25 degrees on November 30.

Longerenong College weather statistician Brett Allender said the average maximum temperature at the college for November was the second highest on record.

He said the average maximum was 29.6 degrees, which was five degrees above the November long-term average.

“A blocking high in the Tasman Sea for most of the second half of November led to 17 days above 30 degrees and nine days above 35 degrees,” he said.

“The average minimum of 11.8 degrees was also well above the long-term November average of 9.2 degrees and the warmest since 2009.”

A devasting frost hit the region on November 4, which damaged lentil and cereal crops throughout the region.

Mr Allender said the temperature dropped to -0.8 degrees at Longerenong during the frost. ”It was the coldest November night since the record of -2.2 degrees was set on November 21, 1968,” he said.

While the region received average rain for spring, there was still some wet weather records set.

Horsham recorded its highest November daily rainfall ever, with 38.4 millimetres falling on November 16.

Patyah had its wettest November on record with 65.2mm, while Balmoral had the wettest November since 1992, with 64.5mm.

Hopetoun had its wettest spring day on record with 38.8mm on November 16.

For Australia, temperatures last month were above average for minimum, mean and maximums, but less unusually so than the previous two months.

For spring as a whole, all but South Australia and the Northern Territory recorded a spring in the top 10 warmest, in national data going back to 1910.

For Victoria, spring was the fourth-warmest for minimum and mean temperatures, and the sixth warmest for maximums.

Tasmania was the standout, posting its warmest spring on record for mean temperatures – edging out 2005.

It was also the second warmest spring for the state, trailing only 1914.