Bureau of Meteorology special climate report

Heavy rain from May to September has resulted in widespread flooding

Heavy rain from May to September has resulted in widespread flooding

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a special climate report, prompted by the extreme wet weather experienced across Australia. 

Tasmanians have been hit hard with continued heavy rain, causing extensive damage across the state. There is still infrastructure across the North that needs repair. 

The report said the heavy rains began in May and have continued through to and during September as the El Nino weather pattern broke down. 

“The May to September period was Australia’s wettest on record,” the report said.

High sea surface temperatures around the northern and eastern coast of Australia have also lead to an increase in moisture in the atmosphere, which has fallen as rain across much of Eastern Australia. 

Tasmania recorded 143.99mm of rain in September, 4 per cent above the average. 

The unusually wet winter has seen repeated flooding across much of Tasmania as waterlogged ground struggled to cope with heavy rains. 

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