Virtually the whole of the region and beyond suffered well below average rainfall in September. Breakwater only received 14.8 mm from 11 rain days and the rest of the urban area was well below the long-term average 50 mm. There were no severe storms.
The Otway catchments received less than 50% of normal rains, and the capacity of the system is now 83% and starting to decrease rather earlier than had been hoped. The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a drier than average spring season, but this is by no means certain.
Warmer than normal temperatures also characterised the month. Geelong’s daily averages for the month were 18.5 degrees maximum and 8.0 degrees minimum; these were above the latest 30-year averages (1984-2013) by 1.6 degrees and 0.9 degrees respectively.
The warmest day was the 28th when the temperature reached 30.2 degrees and this became the third hottest September day on record and our warmest since 1987. But the monthly temperatures, although warmer than usual, were not a new record.
There were three days of high wind gusts over 60 kph at Breakwater: 61 kph on the 17th, 87 kph on the 28th and 76 kph on the 30th. Queens Park recorded gusts up to 99 kph on the 28th, and several small scrub fires were reported at Steiglitz and Torquay on that day although little other damage.