Mild winter weather
Thursday, 1st September, 2011
Broken Hill has joined a number of cities that have experienced a warmer than average August.
The maximum temperature for the month was 20.3 degrees which, according to the Weather Channel’s Dave Kirwan, was three degrees above the long-term average.
Mr Kirwan said the average overnight minimum was 8.6 degrees - two degrees above average.
But a warm August did not necessarily mean a hotter summer, he said.
The average rainfall was 16.6 millimetres which was down by two millimetres.
Mr Kirwan said the weather will climb to the high 20s by the weekend with the temperature for Saturday 28 degrees, or seven degrees above the average.
“It is looking like a warmer spring than normal. There is a 60 per cent chance the minimum and maximum temperatures will stay above the average,” Mr Kirwan said.
He said this was due to the sea surface temperatures in the Pacific and Indian oceans.
Meanwhile, Adelaide had its driest winter in three years and its warmest August in eight, according to the Weather Channel.
Adelaide also recorded its 10th warmest winter since 1887 and its second warmest August in 18 years.
Sydney had its wettest winter in four years and its fourth warmest August on record. The city recorded 428.2mm of rain. In winter 2007, 730 mm fell.
Melbourne had its third warmest winter on record and the driest in nine years.