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NSW experiences coldest winter in 12 years
Tuesday, August 31st 2010, 4:11 AM GMT
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NSW shivered through its coldest winter in 12 years, while daytime temperatures in August hit their lowest since 1990.

NSW experienced average daytime temperatures of 15.9C, making it the coldest winter since 1998 and the 16th nippiest winter on record.

Climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), Shannon Symons says widespread rainfall also resulted in the wettest winter since 2005.

"Northern inland regions received above, to very much above average rainfall and that was mainly in July and August, and that's pretty much the case (across) NSW as well," Ms Symons told AAP today.

Inland rainfall was attributed to a La Nina event, which creates cooler than average sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

"When we have La Nina events we, not always, but usually see enhanced rainfall across eastern Australia," Ms Symons said.

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NSW recorded a statewide average of 136.9mm of rainfall this winter, 20.9mm more than the average.

Meanwhile, August experienced its wettest month since 2003 and its coldest daytime temperatures since 1990, according to the BoM.

There was even some snow, as cold fronts through southern Australia brought a flurry of flakes to the alpine regions of southern NSW in late August.

Ms Symons said in the coming months, temperatures should rise as NSW settles into spring.

She said the La Nina event should dissipate by summer, but while it continues, there are chances of above average rainfall in inland NSW and warmer nights.
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