It was a very “normal” May weather wise, according to the Southeast Fire Centre‘s weather services.
The mean monthly temperature was 0.4 of a degree warmer than normal while the monthly rainfall was 99 per cent of normal.
But there were still a few surprises during the month, which began with a strong upper ridge of high pressure and two days of sunny and unseasonably warm conditions—reaching a record daily maximum temperature of nearly 27 degrees on the second day of the month.
High pressure did briefly return for similarly warm and sunny conditions at times during the remainder of the month, with notably warm days on the 14, 15, 21, 22 and 31.
The highest temperature recorded was nearly 29 degrees on May 22, which still didn’t compare to a record high of nearly 35 on May 18, 2006.
A few Pacific systems also produced several days with showers and thundershowers, with 16 days when measurable rain was recorded.