It was the wettest spring in ages

 WHILE the sun shone brightly and the mercury leapfrogged yesterday, it was a wet and windy previous three months, with four Tasmanian sites recording their wettest spring on record.

The Bureau of Meteorology's spring weather summary yesterday revealed Launceston was drenched with its wettest spring in recorded history and since 2000 - receiving 311.2mm.

Tea Tree (266.2mm), Campbell Town (267.8mm) and Lake St Clair National Park (843.4mm) also posted their highest total spring rainfall on record.

Launceston also received the most rain it has seen during November with 136.8mm, while Bicheno broke a 79-year record with 252.8mm for the month.

Most of the state received above average rainfall as September was wetter the usual, October brought strong winds and there were three heavy rain events in November.

On September 18, Gray had 119mm and on November 13 received 258 millimetres - both downpours in the 24 hours to 9am.

The wettest total for spring was Strathgordon Village with 963.7 millimetres.

However, Mount Read collected at least 1248mm, but the exact total is not known as the gauge was affected by snow during September.

Spring was cooler than in 2012, with several inland sites having their lowest recorded spring temperature in September, with Liawenee dropping to minus 8.8 degrees on September 13.

Friendly Beaches had the hottest day of the season with 30.7 degrees on October 20.

Day-time temperatures were below average in most parts and night-time temperatures were mild.

The strongest wind gusts for spring were at Hogan Island with 161km/h and 157km/h  in September and Spring Bay posted gusts to 143km/h on October 2.

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