Perth has experienced its hottest and second driest year on record.
The city recorded 503 mm of rain in 2010, well below the average of 868.
The Water Corporation says WA’s dam levels are very low.About 13-billion litres of water flowed into the state’s dams in 2010, compared to 100-billion litres in past years.The corporation’s Clair Lugar says it is the worst it has been since 1913. “Dam levels at the moment are at around 30 per cent full. So they are about 110 billion litres of water less in them then we had at this same day last year,” she said.
Nadine Baillard from the weather bureau says temperatures also soared.”That was an average of just over 25 degrees and that ranges from a hot 42.9 to a cool 13.3 over the year,” she said.