Warm, wet year sees two weather records broken
WHEN it comes to the weather, 2018 was a memorable year, with above-average temperatures and annual rainfall recorded, as well as two new records for the area.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s weather station at the Portland Airport in Cashmore recorded a yearly average temperature of 18.3°C, up 3% from the historical average of 17.6°C.
Additionally, eight months were above their historical average, including winter months June and July, with the latter recording a new maximum temperature, when it reached 18.7°C on July 27.
There was almost a 40°C difference between the year’s hottest and coldest temperatures, with 39.4°C recorded on January 6 and 0.2°C recorded on August 29.
Overall, there were just 14 days above 30°C – including four outside of summer – and an incredible 40 days below 5°C.
There was a 6% jump in rainfall across 2018, with 884.2mm recorded across the year, including 377.4mm during winter.
Six months recorded above-average rainfall, including a four-month stretch from May to August.
And while August was the driest of the winter months, it did record the wettest day of the year, with 31mm falling on August 11.
The second record to fall in 2018 took place on July 7, with a maximum wind gust of 102km/h, making it the strongest July gust on record, and narrowly short of the strongest wind gust ever recorded at the airport of 106km/h.