Cooma swelters in hottest, driest Summer in years

Grey, overcast skies and cool temperatures on Tuesday brought welcome relief from the scorching heat Cooma has sweltered through over the last week.

Having had one of its warmest starts to Summer on record, Cooma experienced eight consecutive days of temperatures above 30 degrees.

The mercury peaked on Monday with a top of 38.9 degrees, the hottest February day on record.

Then on Tuesday, there was a dramatic change with the temperature dropping 22 degrees, with a top of of just 16.7 degrees according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

But the cool change will be short-lived with temperatures forecast to head north into the thirties on Friday and through to next Tuesday.

It's been one of the warmest starts to Summer on record. In January there were 14 days above 30 degrees, and eight above 35 degrees.

The average was 29.7 degrees- 2.4 degrees above the long term average for January. Not only has it been very warm it has also been very dry, evident by the brown lawns across the town.

It's the driest start to summer since December 2002/January 2003, with just 55mm of rain recorded - well below the long term average of 111mm for December and January combined.

The historical average is 173mm for the whole of summer.

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