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Hot then wet start to summer

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 28mm at Echuca Aerodrome until 9am yesterday.

TRENT HORNEMAN December 6, 2013 4:47am

Echuca West prep student Jayda Golding on Wednesday.

Many parts of the region were inundated by rain mid-week.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 28mm at Echuca Aerodrome until 9am yesterday.

In Kyabram, 25.4mm fell in the same period.

The mercury also plummeted with the arrival of of rain.

Tuesday’s top temperature was 35.8°C at 6pm, followed by a maximum temperature of 18.5°C on Wednesday at 12.30pm and an even colder 16.7°C at 1.30pm yesterday.

The wet start to summer comes on the back of a hotter and drier spring.

Bureau climatologist Jonathan Pollock said Echuca received slightly more than half of its usual spring rain, with 64.8mm falling between September 1 and November 30.

Mr Pollock said weather was slightly warmer than average during spring.

He said there were no major factors behind the warm, dry spring conditions.

‘‘The water temperature in the Pacific Ocean was neutral and it looks to stay that way,’’ he said.

Mr Pollock said key indicators pointed to a 50-50 chance of a wetter than normal summer.

‘‘Water temperatures in the ocean dictate weather patterns. Usually there is the El Nino or La Nina patterns which control climate, but that appears to be neutral,’’ he said.

‘‘Water temperatures in the Indian Ocean are also not having a major effect.

‘‘It basically means we will have somewhere around an average rainfall and neither an extremely wet or dry summer.’’

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