A late winter drenching helped push the city’s monthly rainfall total to 178 millimetres as of 2:00pm on Wednesday, the highest monthly total for Perth since 191mm was recorded in 1965.
It is now also officially the wettest winter in 15 years, with 456.4mm recorded from June 1 to today.
It is the highest winter rainfall figure since 464.6mm was recorded in 2003.
Wet winter fuelled by a stream of cold fronts
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett said winter arrived right on cue after a dry autumn in Perth, with a steady stream of rain-bearing cold fronts sweeping up from the south.
“We were experiencing one of the driest autumns on record, but then we started to see the fronts arriving and they continued to arrive, almost really from the 1st of June,” he said.
“And we saw the cold fronts arrive with almost monotonous regularity, coming one after the other with very short breaks in between them.”
The rainfall total for June was 126.4mm, just shy of the 126.9 average for the month, while July recorded 152mm, slightly higher than the 146.6mm average.
The total for August so far is more than 50mm above the 122.1mm average…