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Mixed winter fortunes for Tumut area

A rainbow over Tumut in August, which was the wettest month of the winter in the region.

WE had had a drier winter than usual in the Tumut area in 2017, with colder minimum temperatures and slightly higher maximum temperatures.

In 2017, Tumut experienced its driest June since 1984, with only 4.6mm falling, in contrast to the long-term average of 62.4mm.

However, July was much less dry, with 60.8mm falling, not far short of the long-term average of 65.6mm.

In August, 68.8mm fell, exceeding the long term average of 56.8mm.

Average winter rainfall for Tumut is 185.3mm, but this year only 133.6mm fell.

“Tumut had two good months and one poor one,” Bureau of Meteorology Wagga Wagga technical officer Nigel Smedley said.

June’s lowest minimum temperature was -2.5C, which was recorded on June 2 and June 22, while the highest maximum was 18.5C, recorded on June 11.

The average June minimum was 0.1 and average maximum was 14.7.

This is against a long-term average minimum of 3.4 and a long-term average maximum of 13.9.

The lowest minimum recorded all winter was -4.8 on July 1, and this was followed by -4.5 the following day.

“You also had some minus 2s and minus 3s,” Mr Smedley said. The highest maximum in July was 17 on the 25th.

July’s average minimum was 1.8 and average maximum was 13.1, compared to the long-term average minimum of 2.6 and maximum of 12.9.

In August, the lowest temperature recorded was -3.2 on Wednesday, followed by -3 on Monday and Tuesday, and the highest was 19 on both the 11th and the 14th.

August’s average minimum was 2.6 and maximum 14.2, compared to a long-term average minimum of 3.1 and maximum of 15.

Mr Smedley said Tumut’s winter had been “nothing out of the ordinary.”

“You had colder minimum temperatures and slightly warmer maximum temperatures, and less rainfall; nothing special to report,’ he said.

The bureau has predicted average rainfall for Spring, and slightly warmer minimum temperatures throughout Australia.