Holidayers enjoy the sunshine
AN UNFAMILIAR sight so far this month was spotted yesterday capturing fleeting glimpses of the sodden Lower Clarence – the sun.
Although the sun peeked through the clouds yesterday, rain was recorded at Yamba's Pilot Hill station, continuing the April wet theme with only four of 19 days rain free.
Tourists and schoolchildren on holidays took advantage of the limited break in the weather, flocking to the shops and to catch a movie.
Yamba Cinema owner Debbie McCredie said the rain, combined with school holidays, contributed to more people going to the movies.
“Yes the wet days have obviously drawn people into the cinema but we have got some good family movies on, too,” she said.
Ms McCredie said day movie sessions had been busy but night sessions had been quiet.
“The thing I don't like about the rain is it stops people coming to Yamba.”
“At least with us being busy we might be able to make up for how the flood affected us in January.”
Bean Scene cafe owner Evol Hancock said the wet weather hadn't made a big difference to trade this month.
“Because people can't go to the beach they go for a walk around the street looking for something to do and stop and get something to eat,” she said.
Mrs Hancock said people were more inclined to call in for a coffee and a cake in the cooler or wetter weather.
“We put our outside chairs in the arcade nearby and that gets our customers out of the rain,” she said.
Chat about the unfamiliar sun glimpses yesterday even extended to Facebook.
“Good morning. Is that the sun?" said one user's post.
“I had forgotten what it looked like.”
“Yay sunshine,” said another user.
Yamba has received 278mm of rain over 15 days this month.
This is almost 120mm more than the monthly average of 159.7mm.
From Saturday to Monday, April 16-18, more than 100mm of rain fell at Yamba.
Monday was the wettest day so far this month, with 53mm recorded at Pilot Hill.