WARM and dry was the theme for the month just passed, with WA reporting its warmest March for more than a decade.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its climate summary for March that showed WA’s rainfall was below average and the driest in four years.
Across the state, the mean maximum temperature for WA was 1.67C above average, the seventh-highest in March on record and highest since 2005.
In the South West Land Division, which includes Geraldton, Perth and Albany, the mean was 1.27C above average, and warmest for four years.
Perth had 2.6mm of rain, which was well below the March average of 19.7mm, while the mean maximum was 29.8C, only 0.2C higher.
Several centres particularly in the north of the state reporting record rainless spells – and that was after Cyclone Marcus crossed the Kimberley coast.
According to the Bureau, mean maximum temperatures were 2C to 4C above average in the north-western and central parts of the state.
Several sites in the Pilbara, northern Goldfields, Central West and northern Central Wheat Belt had their warmest March on record or warmest March for at least 20 years.