Rainfall falls short on Eyre

THE latest climate summary for South Australia has painted a patchy picture of the state.

While some areas of the state received their highest rainfall for the month in the last week of September, the Eyre Peninsula remained reasonably dry.

It was wet in the state’s north but the rainfall at the end of the month did not extend very far south, with southern pastoral districts and northern agricultural districts having a drier than average September.

It has also been drier than average on the Eyre Peninsula; the rainfall totals for September in Port Lincoln, Cummins, Cleve and Ceduna were all below average. 

Port Lincoln recorded 49.4 millimetres of rain, more than 8mm below the monthly average of 57.6mm.

Cummins recorded 40.8mm, 8mm below its monthly average of 43.1 millimetres; Cleve recorded 29.8mm which is below its average of 42.4mm and Ceduna recorded just 9.8mm of rain for the month, which was well below its average of 27mm. 

Daytime temperatures during September were warmer than average for all but the far southeast of the state and South Australia's mean temperature was 1.51 degrees warmer than average.

The state had its fifth-warmest September day on record on September 22 with the maximum temperature reaching 35.59 degrees, the September record is 36.46 degrees from 1990.

It was a similar story across the Eyre Peninsula with Port Lincoln, Cummins, Cleve and Ceduna all recording their warmest days for the month on September 22. 

Port Lincoln, Cummins, Cleve and Ceduna all recorded their warmest days for the month on September 22.

The mercury reached 29.1 degrees in Port Lincoln, 29.7 degrees in Cummins, 32.5 degrees in Cleve and 34.1 degrees in Ceduna.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s October to December outlook shows the slightly drying influence in the Indian Ocean is likely to be cancelled out by a slightly wetter influence from the Pacific Ocean, which means there is an equal chance of wetter or drier conditions for Eyre Peninsula.