Fleeting NW summer

getting a good soaking: The view near Braddon’s Lookout at Leith was obscured by heavy rain on January 13. Picture: Brodie Weeding.
Nanjing Night Net

“When is summer coming?” is how much of the weather chatter around the North-West went during the month of January.

While there were some clear warm days, the Bureau of Meteorology’s January climate summary tells the story of a cool, slightly wetter than average month.

The average temperature for January around the North-West sat at about 21 degrees for most towns.

Both Burnie and Devonport recorded average temperatures of 21.6 degrees for the month.

The hottest January day for Burnie was 27.3 degrees, for Devonport it was 25.3 degrees, for Marrawah it was 26 degrees and for Sheffield it was 27.1 degrees.

A spokesman from the Bureau of Meteorology said rainfall was below average in parts of the West, but above average in the North.

“Cools days were more frequent than warm ones overall, especially in the west, and it was particularly cool from January 18 to20,” the spokesman said.

The lowest temperature in Burnie was recorded on Januarys 19 at 9.5 degrees, at Devonport it was recorded at 7.8 degrees and at Wynyard it was recorded at 5.5 degrees.

The lowesttemperature in Smithton was recorded on January 29 at 4.6 degrees and the lowest at Sheffield was recorded at 2.9 degrees on January 19.

Another weather marker of January was the prevalence of mild nights and string of cool morning, particularly from January 15 to January 22.

The total rainfall for the month in Burnie was recorded at 60 millimetres but at Devonport it was recorded at 28 millimetres.

At Marrawah it was recorded at 62.6 millimetres, at Sheffield it was recorded at 53 millimetres and at Wynyard it was recorded at 60 millimetres.

At Luncheon Hill weather station on the West Coast the total rainfall was recorded at 88.4 millimetres which was 11.8 millimetres higher than the average for the month.

The Bureau of Meteorology spokesman reported that gusty westerly winds were more common than is typical for January.

Statewide, the hottest temperature of the month was recorded at 34.7 degrees at Friendly Beaches and the coldest day was recorded at6.5 degrees at Mount Read.

Liawenee had the coldest night at -2.7 degrees on January 19.

Mount Read was the wettest place in the state,recording 240.4 millimetres of rain.

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