PARADISE: Expected rain will break a run of below average rainfall for the Clarence Valley. PHOTO: NIAMH CRONIN
PARADISE: Expected rain will break a run of below average rainfall for the Clarence Valley. PHOTO: NIAMH CRONIN Contributed

Forecast of rain to break run of dry conditions

JUST because the races are over doesn't mean you can't make a bet.

The first decent rain this month is forecast to hit the Clarence Valley this morning and Weatherzone meteorologist Guy Dixon said if he had to put money on it, he'd say Yamba was in with a better chance for a share of the expected downpour of up to 5mm.

If so it will be a welcome change for the Lower Clarence residents, who received their first rainfall in July, 0.8mm, yesterday.

The average rainfall for July at Yamba is 100.2mm.

Similarly, 1.1mm has fallen in Grafton so far this month, a long way off the month's average of 38.4mm.

Mr Dixon said most of the Clarence Valley had been rain deficient all year.

"We had a dry start to the year and with the exception of March, every month in Grafton and Yamba has been below average," he said.

"On first glance, Yamba looks to be worse off than Grafton. "

The meteorologist said scattered showers were expected to continue tomorrow before clearing up and returning to sunny skies.

Rainfall averages vs 2014: Grafton

March: Avg 128.6mm Received 167.8mm

April: Avg 88.9mm Received 63.2mm

May: Avg 80.4mm Received 36.2mm

June: Avg 67.9mm Received 51.3mm



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