Western Australia has experienced its driest September in eight decades, with the state’s rainfall total the third lowest on record for the month.
The last time the state experienced such dry conditions during September was in 1939, but it was a similar story elsewhere, with rainfall the lowest on record nationally.
Perth, which posted its wettest August in 53 years, had its equal driest September since records began at the metro gauge in Mt Lawley in 1993.
Despite the showers over the weekend, the city gauge recorded less than half its September rainfall average.
“It was quite a remarkable change from the August that we had,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Neil Bennett said.
“We only recorded 35.2 millimetres, that compares to the average of 87mm that we normally receive. It was very dry and that equals the record that we set back in 2004.”