Rain expected after hot August nights finish warm, dry winter
LESS than 3mm of rain fell over the Clarence Valley in August, which was significantly below average, according to Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Felicity Gamble.
Grafton recorded 59mm of rain in June and in July rainfall was below average at 25.6mm.
"All up, for the three months Grafton recorded 87.5mm, which is 60% of the average winter rainfall for Grafton," Ms Gamble said.
"It's the 17th driest winter on record for Grafton - not extreme, but still dry."
The region, like much of New South Wales, has also experienced a warmer than average winter, with Yamba recording 2.3 degrees above average.
"The August average maximum temperature for Yamba was the second highest on record - 2009 was the highest," Ms Gamble said.
"Quite a significant anomaly. This warmer weather would affect and exacerbate the lack of rain."
As for the coming months, forecasts showed a good chance of Clarence Valley receiving 60-70% above average rainfall by summer.
- Grafton airport recorded 2.6mm of rainfall in August.
- NSW recorded a statewide average rainfall of 11.5mm of rainfall during August, well below the historical average of 37.8mm.
- This has been the 10th driest August on record for NSW.