Wettest spring with highest rainfall since 1992

FILLING UP: Lake Burrumbeet reaching full-capacity after the wettest spring in Ballarat since 1992.

FILLING UP: Lake Burrumbeet reaching full-capacity after the wettest spring in Ballarat since 1992.

We’re not imagining it, spring has been a little drearier than usual this year.

Ballarat has had its wettest spring in 24 years according to data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

The spring months of September through to November had a total of 314mm of rain this year, the highest spring rainfall since 1992 which had 321mm.

BOM senior meteorologist Richard Carlyon has said that this spring has been the 10th wettest on record in Victoria.

Temperatures were also chillier this spring, with the average monthly temperature for both September and October down by roughly one degree.

October had a average temperature of 20 degrees in 2014 and 23 in 2015, but only 15 this year.

November was also chilly with two-thirds of the month failing to meet the expected average daily temperature high of 20 degrees.

But its not just Ballarat, the whole of Victoria has been feeling the freeze.

“Across the state it’s been the coldest spring since 2013,” Mr Carlyon said.

He puts the unusual spring weather down to higher than average temperatures in the Indian Ocean which has affected north west-cloud bands across the south-west of Australia.

“The type of temperatures and rainfall we saw through winter have extended into spring,” Mr Carlyon said. 

But the forecast for the rest of the year looks up.

Temperatures will rise over the next few days with a top of 30 degrees expected for Sunday.

But don’t throw out the umbrellas yet, showers are expected to return from late Sunday onward.