La Niña drives cool temperatures, high rainfall during Australian summer

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3 March 2021

Australia recorded its wettest summer in half a decade and its coolest in nine years as La Niña snapped an eight-year hot streak in 2020/21.

Rainfall across the country was 29 per cent above the long-term average, making it the soggiest summer in four years.

Victoria and South Australia received 14 per cent more rain than the long-term average.

The Murray-Darling Basin received 13 per cent above average rain — the most since the La Niña summer of 2011/12.

Tasmania's rain was 18 per cent above average.

Western Australia received 54 per cent more rain after some inland areas received a good deal more rainfall than average courtesy of some tropical lows.

Rain in the Northern Territory was up 39 per cent this summer, in line with a long-term trend of wetter wet seasons in the Top End.

Queensland only recorded falls eight per cent above the average, making it the driest of the bunch.

Parts of eastern Queensland missed out on the cooler, wetter summer, with above average temperatures and below average rainfall south of Mackay.

Read the full article on the ABC News website, featuring Prof Nerilie Abram