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Wetter and warmer 2017

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Albany had a wet year in 2017, with above-average rainfall recorded.

Albany Airport, the city’s main weather station, recorded 827.4mm of rain for the year — nearly 30mm more than the long-term average annual rainfall of 798.1mm.

The annual figure was boosted by heavy falls in the second half of the year.

A series of cold fronts dumped 153.2mm of rain on Albany in September, which led to flash flooding and wind damage.

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September’s rainfall was nearly double the long-term monthly average of 88.5mm and only just short of the record of 157.2mm set in 2013.

December finished with 55.6mm of rain, nearly double the monthly average of 27.8mm.

Albany was also warmer than usual in 2017, with the mean maximum temperature last year of 20.6C above the mean maximum long-term temperature of 20.3C.

The city is yet to record any rain in 2018 and warm and dry conditions are forecast for the rest of this week.

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