Possibility of localised flooding this weekend
AFTER one of the driest May months on record, widespread rain forecast for the weekend is likely to bring some relief to Clarence Valley residents.
Weatherzone meteorologist Jacob Kronje said it had been "devastatingly dry" across the region this month, with Grafton recording just 7.8mm of rain, 4mm of which came on May 3.
The average May rainfall for the area is 76.5mm.
Yamba, meanwhile, recieved 11mm of rainfall all month, well short of the 156.8mm average.
But despite the dry spell's consequences, faced by farmers and rural households living on rainwater, neither place broke any records.
Grafton's May record dates back to 1957, when there was no rainfall all month, while in 1927 Yamba recieved 3.8mm.
"Whilst it's not the driest it's ever been, it's certainly up there," Mr Kronje said.
But that's where the bad news ends.
"We have a deepening inland trough which is broadening as it's deepening, and really causing massive amounts of rainfall," Mr Kronje said.
"It looks like Grafton will recieve significant amounts of rain over the weekend, especially on Saturday with 40-60mm expected.
"I think people are going to be so grateful for that rain."
A burst of 10mm on Friday will hopefully prepare the ground for a good soaking, but the meteorologist said localised flooding was a possibility.
Yamba's forecast rainfall is expected to be more spread over Saturday and Sunday, with 20-40mm on both days.
Mr Kronje added that there were increasingly positive indications that a La Nina weather pattern would form towards end of winter and the start of spring, bringing higher than usual totals.
This year: 7.8mm
Record: 0mm (1957)
This year: 11mm
Record: 3.8mm (1927)