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Possibly Canberra's driest year since 2009

Graeme Brittain, Sunday December 23, 2018 - 12:50 AEDT

There are strong model indications that the remainder of the year will remain bone-dry in the nation's capital, meaning 2018 is most likely to be the driest in nine years.

A stagnant pressure pattern looks to finish off the year, bringing very hot and dry conditions across the southeast of Australia.

Around 76% of the average annual rainfall has been collected in Canberra so far this year, equivalent to 469mm.

Last year (2017) also saw below average rainfall, with only 486mm recorded. In 2009, an even lower 431mm was picked-up.

Based on current models, it is unlikely that the 17mm needed, for this year to be wetter than last year, will fall.

- Weatherzone

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