RED ZONE: Unusually hot and dry April for Clarence Valley
OVER the past month, Yamba has seen only 15.2mm of rain, in comparison to the average monthly figure for April that sits at 162mm.
The weather throughout April was unusually dry and hot, with temperatures for both Grafton and Yamba being a higher than average and rainfall levels down on average.
Grafton's rainfall was 36.6mm for April while the average rainfall for the area at this time of year is 80.1mm.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the Clarence Valley has been experiencing slightly higher temperatures than normal.
"This is the highest April daily mean temperate in 26 years," a BOM spokeswoman said about temperatures in Grafton that reached an average highs of 27.3°C.
"It was a little bit warmer," she said in comparing to April's historic average maximum of 25.6°C.
Looking a head at May, the spokeswoman it looked like there would be average rainfall, however, rainfall for June and July looks like it will be above average.
"Maximums and minimums are looking at being above average for winter," the spokeswoman said.