Rivers set for pleasant temperatures during last of winter

THERE'S good news on the weather front this week, but don't pack away your coats and scarves just yet.

Clear, sunny skies from today through to Thursday are expected to bring top temperatures of between 21-24 degrees in Grafton and Yamba.

Weatherzone meteorologist Drew Casper-Richardson said while the mornings are still looking pretty brisk, with a low of 3 degrees forecast in Grafton for tomorrow morning, the Clarence Valley will experience "pleasant temperatures for this time of year".

On Thursday however, there's the chance of a few showers and wind gusts caused by a cold front moving through the region, which will lead to it feeling cooler, despite a top temperature of 20 degrees forecast for both Yamba and Grafton.

"We're obviously coming into the back end of winter; you can see it's quite mild this week already, but that front will give people an indication that winter is still here," Mr Casper-Richardson said.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales experienced its coldest July since 1997 but the Clarence Valley had some stunning warm days to make up for the chill.

Two low-pressure systems caused snow across the Tablelands and into Central NSW, the most significant snow event since October 2012.

The mean temperature for NSW during July was 0.2°C below average, making it the coldest July since 1997.

Daytime temperatures were 0.5°C below average and the coolest since 1998, with most areas of the state recording well below average daytime temperatures and parts of Central NSW recording their coolest July days in more than 20 years.

In comparison, the statewide mean minimum temperature was 0.1°C above average, with average-to-cool nights across the south and west but warmer-than-average nights in parts of the north-east.

The hottest temperature in the state was felt just a few hundred kilometres north at Murwillumbah on July 7 at 25°C, whereas the coldest was -3.9 at Thredbo Village on July 20.

Casino had the warmest average temperature for the month in the state.

The NSW statewide average rainfall was 11% below average during July 2015. Rainfall was above average in Central NSW, parts of which recorded their wettest July since 1993, while Lord Howe Island recorded its wettest July since 1979.

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