Mercury rises amid two record months of rainfall extremes
AFTER a "devastatingly dry" May, meteorologists have recorded the wettest June in Grafton in close to 50 years.
Weatherzone meteorologist Tristan Meyers said the total June rainfall this year was 219.6mm, which is more than 300% higher than the average.
The last time the first month of winter was wetter was in 1967, 49 years ago.
"It's interesting as well because generally the average amount of rainy days is 9 or 10," Mr Meyers said. "There were nine days this June and it's still well exceeded the average, giving an indication that it was heavy rainfall events."
Further north at Yamba, 322.3mm was just enough to make it the wettest June since 2012, but it was still 228% higher than the average.
The soggy statistics come after the Grafton's driest May since 1957.
According to Mr Meyers, the month of June is one where temperature averages in particular were highly sensitive to deviation, but despite a cold front which swept through the region last week, temperatures across the Clarence Valley were still above average.
"Basically it's the warmest June since 2008 for both Yamba and Grafton," he said.
A second cold front expected to hit the Clarence Valley today will maintain the cold weather into the first week of July.
Mr Meyers warned the associated wind chill could make temperatures feel 2 to 3 degrees colder than they were.