Warmer than usual winter

A winter report released by the Bureau of Meteorology shows all but one station on the Lower Eyre Peninsula recorded higher than average maximum temperatures and minimum temperatures over winter and one Eyre Peninsula location had its lowest rainfall in 36 years.

All areas across the Eyre Peninsula listed in the South Australia in Winter 2018 report, besides Cummins, had higher than average maximum temperatures during the season, ranging from a .1 degree increase at North Shields to a full degree increase in temperature at Elliston.

Similarly, the minimum temperatures across the district were also all above their winter average, ranging from .1 to .8 degrees warmer, except for North Shields which had a .1 fall in average minimum temperature.

Ceduna, Cummins, Kyancutta, Minnipa, North Shields, Nullarbor and Wudinna weather stations all received more than the average amount of winter rain.

Ceduna, Cummins, Minnipa and Wudinna all had more than 115 per cent of their annual rainfall, with Ceduna receiving 136.8 millimetres compared to the winter average of 109.3, Cummins, 241.4mm compared to 188mm, Minnipa 134mm compared to 110.4mm and Wudinna 121mm compared to 105.6mm.

However, Cowell received its lowest winter total rainfall in 36 years after having only 30.2 millimetres of rain compared to the winter average of 81.5mm. 

Cleve and Elliston were not so lucky and received less than their average amounts of rainfall, with 118.4 millimetres falling on Cleve down from a 141.6 millimetre average, and Elliston receiving 169.3mm compared to a 202.1mm average.

Across South Australia, the mean maximum temperature as a whole was 1.29 degrees warmer than average and was the seventh consecutive season with a warmer than average mean maximum temperature.

The West Coast region saw warmer than average nights even though night time temperatures across the state were slightly below average.