5 December 2023

Get set to sweat as scorchers loom for parts of Riverina

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Sun lovers are urged to take precautions with a warmer-than-average summer on the way. Photo: SolStock.

The Riverina welcomed a warm first day of summer under the influence of a moderate El Nino and a positive Indian Ocean Dipole, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) predicting the season to be warmer than average.

BoM senior climatologist Brad Jackson said the Riverina could expect above-average maximum and minimum temperatures this summer, with rainfall.

“It will be above-average daytime and night-time temperatures for the Riverina,” Mr Jackson said.

“We’re looking at slightly above-average rainfall for the Riverina area, and the west of the ACT … might get a little bit of rainfall.

“We’re looking at a warmer summer this year compared to last year.”

Wagga recorded its hottest day in January at 38.1 degrees Celsius, Griffith’s hottest day was in February at 41.1C and Albury recorded its highest maximum in January at 37.3C.

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Wagga recorded 154 mm of rainfall this spring. The coldest day was in September – a chilly -0.6C – and the warmest day was in November with 38.4C.

Griffith recorded 105.4 mm of rainfall this spring. The coldest days were in September at -0.4C and the warmest in November at a balmy 42.1C.

Albury recorded 156.6 mm of rainfall this spring. The coldest days were in September at 0.5C and the warmest in November at 41C.

The forecast for the week ahead is:


Wednesday – Min 19, Max 35
Thursday – Min 19, Max 35
Friday – Min 21, Max 38
Saturday – Min 22, Max 35
Sunday – Min 17, Max 30
Monday – Min 17, Max 32


Wednesday – Min 20, Max 37
Thursday – Min 21, Max 39
Friday – Min 23, Max 41
Saturday – Min 23, Max 36
Sunday – Min 17, Max 31
Monday – Min 18, Max 33


Wednesday – Min 17, Max 32
Thursday – Min 17, Max 30
Friday – Min 19, Max 33
Saturday – Min 19, Max 30
Sunday – Min 15, Max 29
Monday – Min 17, Max 31

Visit the BoM for the updated weather forecast for Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Albury.

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