Wednesday, 1 April 2009 - Monthly Climate Summary for Perth - Product Code: IDCKGC11LO
Dry start to 2009 for Perth
Year to date rainfall - below average: The total rainfall for January to March this year was 15.2 mm recorded on 10 days, making it the driest start to a year in Perth since the 2.0 mm in 2004. The average is 42 mm on 9 days. Last year Perth recorded 61.8 mm on 5 days for the first three months of the year.
March Rainfall - below average: The city received 6.8 mm of rainfall on 6 days in March, compared with the average of 19 mm on about 5 days. Historically, March rainfall in Perth has ranged from 0.0 mm on 6 occasions, to 145.2 mm in 1934. The wettest day in March 2009 was the 21st when 2.8 mm was recorded. Last March, Perth registered 14.2 mm of rainfall on 3 days.
Mean daily maximum temperature - near average:
Perth's mean daily maximum temperature in March
was 29.0°C, which was the lowest mean daily maximum temperature for Perth
in March since 2000, then 28.8°C. The average for March is 29.4°C.
Daily maxima ranged from a mild 23.5°C on the 2nd and 22nd,
to a very hot 39.8°C on the 15th, which was Perth's highest daily maximum
temperature in March since the 42.4°C on 7 March 2007 (Perth's hottest
ever March day on record).
Mean daily minimum temperature - below average: Perth's mean daily minimum temperature in March was 15.1°C, which was the lowest mean daily minimum temperature recorded for March at the official Perth (Mt Lawley) site since records commenced in 1994. The average for March is 16.5°C. Daily minima ranged from a cool 7.7°C on the 3rd to a warm 21.7°C on the 1st.
* Denotes lowest daily minimum temperature recorded on both the 2nd and 22nd of March 2009.
Climate of Perth in April
Hot days in April: On average, Perth can expect about two hot days, when the maximum temperature is 32°C or higher. The greatest number of such hot days in April was eight in 1991. Last year, Perth recorded one such day.
Latest 35-degree day of the season: The latest maximum temperature of 35.0°C or higher in the season occurred on 22 April 1989, with 35.2°C.
Cold days in April: Since 1897, Perth has recorded six cold days in April, when the maximum temperature was 15°C or lower. They occurred one day each in 1900, 1919, 1931, 1963 and two days in 1970. The earliest cold day in the year occurred on 15 April 1900, when a maximum temperature of 14.5°C was recorded.
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 (Mt 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 (Mt 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.