Thank goodness that’s over

BORDER residents have sweltered through the hottest summer on record ,with 14 days of above 40-degree temperatures.

Wangaratta was not far behind with 13 days, also a record for the city.

The previous record for Albury-Wodonga and Wangaratta was in 2008 when both cities recorded 10 days greater than 40 degrees.

In Albury, the maximum temperature recorded during summer was 43.6 degrees on Thursday, January 16.

The city sweated through five consecutive days of above 40-degree temperatures that week, January 14 to 18.

Albury also recorded five days of above 40-degree temperatures in February, although just three of those were consecutive days.

December recorded just two days of greater than 40-degree temperatures.

The Border’s average maximum temperature in February was 33.4 degrees.

Meanwhile, the lowest maximum temperature during summer was 17.5 degrees recorded in December.

Despite severe heatwaves, the Border received 119.4 millimetres of rain this summer, falling just short of the average of 123.3 millimetres.

The Border can expect around average rainfall heading into autumn, says Bureau of Meteorology climate meteorologist Kevin Smith.

“Temperatures across the state will be slightly above average, both for day and night temperatures,” he said.

Albury-Wodonga recorded 31.6 millimetres for February, well above the same month last year that only officially recorded 0.2 millimetres.

Faulty rain gauges left Albury and Wangaratta with incomplete official tallies for February, despite heavy showers across the North East and Border.

The problem was fixed but the records reflect only what was recorded after they were rectified.

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