24.9°C 03:00 pm

One very wet year comes to an end

Friday, 31st December, 2010

Will Campbell, Davey Blight, Harrison Campbell and Jake Trengove take a break from swimming laps at the Broken Hill Aquatic Centre yesterday Will Campbell, Davey Blight, Harrison Campbell and Jake Trengove take a break from swimming laps at the Broken Hill Aquatic Centre yesterday

Barbecues won’t be the only thing sizzling tonight, with Weatherzone forecasting a maximum of 41 degrees.

The proper summer weather comes after heavy rain and bitterly cold temperatures during the year.

Temperatures have been gradually rising from the middle of this month, with the average maximum for the month set at about 29 degrees - two degrees lower than in previous years.

The highest temperature for the year was recorded on January 22, when the city sweated though a 42.3 degrees day.

The lowest temperature, 1.8 degrees, came six months later on July 6.

Rainfall for the year has been double the average, and more than double the amount recorded in 2009. Over the past 12 months, 540.2mm fell on the city - a big difference to the 218.8mm last year.

This month alone had 47.4mm, double the average and double what the city received last December.

The much-needed soaking filled up Copi Hollow and gave a boost to the dry and dusty lakes.

According to Weatherzone, the wettest day of the year was March 5, when 96.6mm fell on the city, causing moderate flooding.

With maximum temperatures going into 2011 forecast to be in the high 30s, the city’s pool will definitely be getting good use.

A crowd of adults and children dived into summer yesterday when the temperature topped 38 degrees.

The hot conditions are expected to stick around for more than a week. 

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