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Tasmania has warmer than average September

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Tasmania had a warmer than average September because of a series of warm fronts from the north.

 

The Weather Bureau's September results show a drier and warmer month than normal.

 

Two warm fronts in the first and third week of September meant the month's average temperature was 1.2 degrees higher than normal.

 

The warmest day was on September 28, when temperatures in Hobart reached 23.9 degrees.

 

The average temperature in the state's capital was 16.3 degrees.

 

Cold fronts from the west meant that side of the state had near average rainfall, but rain clouds didn't make it to the state's north or east, which both recorded rainfall well below average.

 

The wettest part of the state was Mount Read where 470 millimetres was recorded for the month.


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TEMPERATURE records already have been broken this spring and many Tasmanians are hoping the warm start to the season bodes well for a long, hot summer.

 

Data released yesterday by the Bureau of Meteorology showed that Hobart recorded a warm and very sunny September and residents were treated to an extra hour of bright sunshine each day.

On average, Hobart Airport received a solid dose of seven hours of bright sunlight, an hour more than normal for September.

While forecasters at the bureau said it was too early to predict what kind of summer Tasmania might enjoy this year, they did say the good start to spring looked set to continue.

 

On Wednesday last week (September 28), Hobart was enjoying its and the state's hottest day of the month -- 23.9C.

Hobart was warmer than normal during the whole month.

Every day from September 16 to 22 was above 17C. The last time the city recorded seven consecutive September days over that mark was in 2000.

While the average daytime temperature was up to a degree warmer than normal this September, there were still some sudden reminders that winter had not long gone.

The coldest day of the month was recorded at Mt Wellington on September 1, when the temperature only reached a top of -1.1C.

Night-time temperatures were just a little warmer than normal.

The coldest morning of the month in Hobart was recorded on September 2, when the temperature fell to 3.2C. The warmest mornings were on September 22 and 29, when the gauge fell to just 12C.

It was drier than average in Hobart for most of September.

The city received only half of the rain it did when it was drenched in September last year. However, the total was only 8mm below Hobart's long-term September rainfall average.

Mt Read took the title for the wettest spot in Tasmania in the first month of spring, while Swansea was the driest.

Spring extremes

SEPTEMBER 2011

Hottest day: 23.9C in Hobart on September 28.

Coldest day: -1.1C at Mt Wellington.

Coldest night: -5.1C at Butlers Gorge.

Warmest night: 13.7C at Flinders Island Airport.

Wettest overall: 470mm at Mt Read.

Driest overall: 15.2mm at Swansea.

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