Posted December 12, 2015 13:38:19

Melbourne man Simon relaxes by the Fitzroy Swimming Pool. Photo: Blue skies in Melbourne, as the city records beneath average rainfall in 2015. (ABC News: Margaret Burin)

It has been one more dry year in Melbourne, with a “relatively robust” El Nino effect causing the city to record properly under average rainfall for the second year in a row, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) says.

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BoM duty forecaster Richard Russell stated with 397 millimetres of rain recorded so far this year, Melbourne was on track to record even less than last year.

“The quantity of rain we’ve recorded so far this year is properly beneath average and also under the amount that we’ve recorded in 2014,” he said.

“We require at least 35mm to catch what we recorded by the end of 2014, which was 432mm.”

He said the city was unlikely to acquire considerable rainfall before the finish of the year.

“In an El Nino year [it’s] quite challenging to get,” he stated.

“We had a couple of decent showers yesterday and it only measured 2mm, so we’d need very a couple of of those sort of setups to come by means of, or maybe one or two heavy downpours.

“But it doesn’t look as well most likely and the time is operating out.”

In 2013, 641mm of rain fell on the city.

Water storage levels ‘relatively comfortable’

Melbourne Water’s most current report, published earlier this month, showed 121.6mm of rain had fallen more than the city’s significant catchments this spring – 62.four per cent below extended-term typical.

The company’s water supply manager Michelle Riley mentioned at 71.five per cent on November 30, storages were slightly down on last year.

“El Nino climate patterns normally consist of warmer and drier circumstances in this component of Australia,” Ms Riley stated in a statement.

Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas as rain falls in Melbourne. Photo: The BoM said 397mm of rainfall was recorded in Melbourne in 2015. (ABC News: Margaret Burin )

“In total our storages are nevertheless at a relatively comfy level, but with warmer months coming we require to continue to be intelligent about our water use to support balance out the modest filling season we’ve had this year.”

Mr Russell stated the El Nino impact, caused by warmed than usual water temperatures over the eastern Pacific, was likely to continue well into subsequent year.

“They usually last until at least into the Autumn period, which is hopefully looking at it breaking down by then, but obviously there’s disagreements between international models in terms of how that is behaved,” he stated.

“Hopefully it breaks down and we return to closer to typical, but it’s too early to inform.”

Water restrictions are no longer in location in Melbourne with regards to hand watering gardens and lawns, nevertheless permanent water use guidelines need watering systems to be employed between six:00pm and ten:00am.

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