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Autumn 2020 was warmer and drier than normal

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After snow fell across parts of the country, temperatures plunged leaving people in Sydney and Canberra shivering overnight.

After snow fell across parts of the country, temperatures plunged leaving people in Sydney and Canberra shivering overnight.

Canberrans woke to frost this morning after a below-zero night, with temperatures dropping to -1C, while Sydney's night-time temperature was 4C below average, reaching a low of just 5C.

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It comes as the Bureau of Meteorology released its annual Autumn 2020 figures, revealing it was warmer and drier for Australia overall.

The national mean maximum temperature was 0.61C warmer than average, and the mean minimum temperature was 0.51C warmer than average.

The mean maximum temperature for the season was above, or very much above average, across most of Western Australia, and was the ninth-warmed on record for the state.

In the southwest and the north of the Northern Territory and most of northern and southeastern Queensland, the average temperature was also above average.

Strong winds and heavy rain are predicted to lashing Melbourne as a the cold front moves across Victoria. (AAP Image/David Crosling)

However, those in NSW, Victoria, Tasmania or southwest Queensland experienced a wetter and cooler Autumn than the rest of the country.

Daytime temperatures in NSW were below to very much below average, except along the coastal strip, and the state recorded its wettest autumn since 2012, although May rainfall was more than 50 per cent below the long-term average.

Although the above average rainfall may point to improving drought conditions, longer-term rainfall deficits still persist in many parts of Australia and rainfall for autumn was 19 per cent below average for Australia as a whole.

A series of cold fronts and Cyclone Ester were mostly responsible for the cooler than normal temperatures and the higher rainfall levels.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-forecast-australia-autumn-stats-show-warm-dry-season-but-wetter-for-nsw-vic-tas-qld-bureau-of-meteorology/3b257aae-2411-4b49-b3d2-a57c6fc2e2e9

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