Darling buds of May: Perth looking at driest ever May amid record warm spell

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PERTH could be facing its driest May on record, and is on track to record its longest ever run of May days above 24 degrees celsius.

So far this month the city has had eight consecutive days of 24 degrees or above.

The longest run of May days above 24 degrees was 11, back in 1962.

With temperatures predicted to be 25 or above for the next six days, the record books stand every chance of being rewritten.

So far this May the average temperature has been 24.6 degrees, 2.3 degrees above the long-term average of 22.3.

The city could also post its driest May on record.

Perth has recorded 6.2mm for May so far, with the lowest on record the 14.1mm recorded in May 1964.

“It’s true that we’ve had a pretty extended period between significant cold fronts which usually would start to deliver rain around this time of year,” Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Angus Moore said.

“We have had a very stable pattern over the past couple of weeks and it looks like it’s going to extend well into next week as well.

“We’re still not looking at any rain until late on Thursday or early Friday.

“It is a little bit unusual to see that kind of weather pattern holding so static at this time of year.”

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