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Australia: A wet start to autumn for Sydney

After below average rainfall over summer, autumn has gotten off to a very wet start.

Sydney recorded its wettest month in two years this March, and had done so by just over halfway through the month. By 9am on March 30th 229mm had fallen at Observatory Hill, the most rainfall recorded in any month since March 2017 when 326.6mm fell in the rain gauge.

This month is also one of the wettest Marchs in a number of years, with March 2019 coming in at the 3rd wettest in a decade and 4th wettest in two decades, beaten only by 2012 (269.8mm) and 2000 (248.8mm).

Looking ahead to the remainder of autumn, the Bureau of Meteorology’s climate outlooks indicates a return to drier-than-average conditions for Sydney. In the shorter term however showers will feature most days, with daytime temperatures hovering around average.

Synoptic Chart

– By Thomas Hough,


Guest on 30/03/2019 7:18pm

unless it rains big to day it will our second driest march in ten years and that’s after very dry jans and febs we only got just over 100 mils for the year now

Guest on 31/03/2019 4:01am

it looks very much likely that 5 out of the last seven months will be below average that’s nearly half a year with below average rain

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