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Record dry spell for parched Perth

It has been a very dry summer for Perth so far, with only three days of rain since November - a record, according to the Weather Bureau.

From November to last month only 12.2mm of rain fell in the metropolitan area.

November had falls of 10.2mm but December had only 1.8mm of rain and last month 0.2mm was recorded.

The average rainfall for the three-month period is 45.3mm.

A bureau spokesman said it was not unusual to have low overall rainfall figures during the summer months but it was notable that there were just three days of rain.

The previous record for the fewest rain days for the three-month period was set in 1994-1995 and 2009-2010 when falls were recorded on four days.

The longest dry spell in Perth lasted for 83 days between December 1974 and March 1975.

There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms early today in the north-east with a top of 28C forecast.

Tomorrow will be partly cloudy and 31C.

The West Australian

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