Tuesday, 4 March 2008 - Monthly Climate Summary for Perth - Product Code:IDCKGC11L0
Hottest February for twelve years in PerthMean daily maximum temperature - above average: Perth's mean daily maximum temperature in February was 32.5°C, which was the highest mean daily maximum temperature for Perth in February since 1996, then 34.6°C. The average for February is 31.1°C. Daily maxima ranged from a mild 22.1°C on the 7th to a very hot 41.5°C on the 28th.
Mean daily minimum temperature - above average: Perth's mean daily minimum temperature in February was 19.3°C, compared with the average of 17.9°C. This was the highest mean daily minimum temperature recorded at the Perth (Mount Lawley) site, which opened in November 1993. Daily minima ranged from a mild 14.3°C on the 22nd to a warm 24.9°C on the 14th.
Rainfall - very much above average: The city received 47.6 mm of rainfall over 2 days in February compared with the average of 12 mm on about 2 days. February 2008 was the wettest February since the 131.4 mm in 1992. Historically, February rainfall has ranged from zero on 17 occasions to 166.3 mm in 1955. The wettest day in February 2008 was the 8th when 30.4 mm was recorded which was the wettest February day for 16 years, since the 120.6 mm on 9 February 1992.
Year to date rainfall - above average: The total rainfall for January to February this year was 47.6 mm recorded on 2 days compared with the average of 22 mm on about 5 days. Last year Perth recorded 22.6 mm on 9 days for the year to the end of February.
* Denotes highest February minimum temperature on record has occurred on the following dates: 6 February 1898, 8 February 1933 and 3 February 1962.
Perth in March
Hot days in March: On average, Perth can expect about nine days when the maximum temperature is 32°C or higher. The greatest number of such hot days in March was 17 in 1983.
Days 40°C or higher in March: Daily maximum temperatures of 40°C or above occur in Perth in about six years out of ten. The most recent event was 7 March 2007 when Perth experienced 42.4°C, its highest recorded March temperature on record.
Note: Official Perth observations have been recorded at several different sites with varying instrumentation over the years, and these changes can affect the continuity of the climate record. For the current Perth (Mount Lawley) site, the most significant changes of this kind relate to temperature and rain days. For that reason, current mean temperature and rain-day data quoted here are based only on readings from the Perth (Mount Lawley) site, which commenced observations in 1993. Sunshine recordings are from Perth Airport and for similar reasons current means use only Perth Airport data, which commenced in 1993.