THE Bureau of Meteorology’s annual report has painted a warm and dry picture of Australia’s climate and Ballarat is not immune.
According the statistics released by the Bureau on Thursday, weather patterns across the east of Australia were either very much above average or the highest on record as the country officially had the third hottest year ever.
Ballarat’s weather was 1.3 degrees warmer for maximum temperatures in 2018 compared to its long term average.
Throughout the year, the city averaged 18.9 degrees, up from the usual 17.6 degrees.
Senior Climatologist Rob Smalley told The Courier Ballarat’s year was also among the warmest every record.
“In terms of comparison with previous years, 2018 is the equal 4th warmest year for mean maximum temperatures, behind 2014 (warmest), 2007 (2nd warmest), 1914 (3rd warmest), and equal with 2009 and 1982,” Mr Smalley said.
“For mean minimum temperatures, Ballarat in 2018 recorded the same temperature as 2017, both of which were .3 of a degree above the long-term average.”
The comprehensive report shows that all states and territories had above-average temperatures with the national mean average 1.55 degrees higher, the second warmest ever.
The national mean minimum temperature was also 0.73 degrees higher than normal, leading to the overall third hottest year.
January, February, March, April, July, October, and December were all among the top 10 warmest on record for Australia while preliminary sea surface temperature figures show the year was the 10th warmest year on record.
Nationally-average rainfall was 11 per cent below average coming in at 413 mm with below average falls in central and southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, eastern South Australia, and the south west land division in Western Australia.
Rainfall was above average for northwestern to south-eastern Western Australia, and scattered areas in northern Australia.
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