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Hot August nights create NSW and ACT records: Sydney mercury at 17C, Canberra average maximum 15C

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

New South Wales experienced its hottest August nights since records began in 1859, with an average minimum temperature of 11.7C, reported The Daily Telegraph (1/9/2007, p. 15). Both day and night temperatures above average: The 29 August was the warmest August night in Sydney in five years, with a minimum of 17C. Temperatures were above average across the state during August, especially at night. “Both daytime and night-time temperatures have been above average. If not for a brief spell at the start of the month, it would have exceeded 1995 as being the outright warmest August on record,” weatherzone.com.au meteorologist Matt Pearce said.

ACT shares warmth: Sydney also had its wettest August in three years. The rainfall of 152mm was significantly above the long term average of 81mm. And the hot nights weren’t confined to Sydney, with Canberra – known for its big chill – recording its warmest August ever with an average maximum of 15C. Canberra recorded its highest August temperature on Tuesday with the mercury hitting 22C, while its average night temperatures were 3C above average.

The Daily Telegraph, 1/9/2007, p. 15

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