City close to smashing rainfall record: BoM

POURING: Scamander's Matt and Billy Blachford, 4, check out the floodwaters from the Alexandra Suspension Bridge in the Cataract Gorge. Picture: Scott Gelston

POURING: Scamander's Matt and Billy Blachford, 4, check out the floodwaters from the Alexandra Suspension Bridge in the Cataract Gorge. Picture: Scott Gelston

The city of Launceston is just over 100 millimetres away from breaking its highest annual rainfall record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. 

BoM data showed that Launceston’s highest annual rainfall recorded was 887 millimetres in 2013.

At 5pm on Tuesday, the city had recorded 749 millimetres for the year so far. 

But the record is unlikely to be broken this week, as BoM duty forecaster Deb Taylor noted that little if any rain was expected from Wednesday through to Friday, with about 2 millimetres expected for Saturday. 

Much of the rainfall in Launceston arose from some of the worst floods since 1929, with 135 millimetres recorded in June, according to the Ti Tree Bend weather station. 

Unsurprisingly, the lowest amount of rainfall fell in April with 28 millimetres, in the midst of Tasmania’s energy crisis, which turned the corner a month later to record 134 millimetres. 

Data from May to July showed the rainfall almost doubled the mean rainfall recorded from 1980 to 2016. 

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