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Water reserves low due to unforgiving Summer weather

David Lee March 10, 2016
LOW RESERVES… After above average temperatures and lower than average rainfall during Summer, the Goulburn area’s water reserves are looking low. Photo: Supplied.

LOW RESERVES… After above average temperatures and lower than average rainfall during Summer, the Goulburn area’s water reserves are looking low. Photo: Supplied.

ABOVE average temperatures and below average rainfall during Summer seems to taken its toll on Goulburn region water storage levels, with all reserves recording lower levels than the same time last year.

Lake Eildon is almost half the storage level it was at the same time in 2015, recorded at 39.71 percent this year, and 65.71 percent in 2015. The Waranga Basin has seen a drop by 5 percent, recording 40.76 percent this year and 45.07 percent in 2015. Greens Lake recorded 52.31 percent in storage levels this year and was at 61.57 percent last year.

Goulburn Weir has seen the lowest drop, recording 98.22 percent this year compared with 99.01 percent last year.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said, “While there was well above average rainfall in January and average rainfall during December, February was well below average.

“The average day-time temperature over this Summer was recorded at 31.2ºC, 0.6ºC above average and the night-time temperature average was 15.7ºC, 1.4ºC above average.

“The 2015/16 Summer period saw 84.6mm fall in Shepparton, 15mm below average.

“When compared with previous Summers, the 2014/15 Summer saw an average daytime temperature of 31.1ºC, 0.6ºC above average and the rainfall amount was 84.6mm, 5.3mm below average.

“In 2009/10, the average temperature for Summer was 28ºC, 2.6ºC below average and the total amount of rainfall was 361.2mm, 260.7mm above average.

“Across Victoria, we saw the third warmest Summer on record, with both day-time and night-time temperatures well above average. Overall rainfall was near average, ranging from below average in coastal and central districts and in the Northwest of the state, to above average in isolated patches of the North and East.

“The Summer season began with the hottest December on record. Above average temperatures continued across large parts of the state during January and February, resulting in the third warmest summer on record for Victoria as a whole (1.73°C above average).

“Looking ahead, March to May favours above average rainfall in parts of Southeast Australia but below average rainfall in the tropical North.

“March favours below average rainfall in both Northern Australia and the Southeast mainland.

“Daytime temperatures are more likely to be warmer than average during Autumn, except in parts of the Southern interior, while night time temperatures are very likely to be warmer nationwide.

“Climate influences include a very warm Indian Ocean, a weakening El Niño and warm sea surface temperatures surrounding much of Australia.”