• Wettest January in this century

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    SUMMER RAIN: Geraldine Hill, of Myrtleford, embraced the drizzle which fell over Wangaratta last week. According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), rain began to fall at about 4.30am on Wednesday, January 27 with 17 millimetres recorded until 2.30pm.

    WANGARATTA had its wettest January in 16 years last month, with the 75mm recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology almost double the monthly average of 41.6mm.

    Not since 1999, with 77.8mm, have we had a wetter January.

    And the month was punctuated by 11 days having rain – far in excess of the average – with the heaviest recorded falls of 20mm on January 3.

    The month was also one of contrasting temperatures.

    While January 13 did reach a high of 42.7 degrees, we also had ‘winter like’ spells, with the maximum temperature on January 29 only reaching 20.9 degrees, and on January 31 it wasn’t much warmer at 21.2 degrees.

    The coldest overnight temperature was 6.3 degrees on January 15, with the temperature dropping below 11 degrees on four nights for the month.

    The month’s mean minimum temperature was 15.2 degrees, which was more than a degree above the average, while the mean maximum temperature of 30.8 degrees was under the average of 31.9.

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