2016 cooler than average for Albany

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Albany bucked the nationwide trend of high temperatures in 2016, recording a cooler than average year.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology Annual Climate Statement, 2016 was the fourth warmest year on record for Australia, recording a national mean temperature of .87C above average.

However, Albany recorded an overall temperature 0C and -0.5C cooler than average.

Bureau of Meteorology Albany station manager Jason Balhorn said this was a considerable drop compared to previous years.

“Most of the Albany (area) was sitting at an average 18-21C for the maximum (in 2016),” he said.

“And for the average minimum, Albany recorded 9-12C and the rest area (50m north of the coast to Mt Barker) 6-9C.”

The lowest minimum recorded for Albany dropped to 1.0C on July 13 with two days recording 1.1C on June 2 and August 6.

While the highest minimum recorded for the area was 19.9C on both January 10 and February 15.

The Great Southern also recorded four snow events last year, the most since 1992, caused by a series of cold fronts.

The hottest day recorded for 2016 was 38.9C on February 8 while the coolest maximum for the area was 9.9C on August 8.

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