Rain finally came

RAINFALL last month exceeded the long-term average.

It was the first month this year where that has occurred after drought conditions dominated the early part of the year.

The May total was 47.2 millimetres - a modest 11.6mm above average - with rain falling on 13 days after no rain was recorded in April and just 0.4mm in March.

Just 14.8mm fell in the first four months with small amounts being recorded over 10 days.

While the May totals more than trebled the year's rainfall, the rain in the first five months was 72.7mm below the long-term average of 134.7mm.

The temperatures recorded during May were also fractionally above the long-term average. The highest maximum, 23.5 degrees, was 5.2 degrees below the highest on record recorded in 1978. The lowest minimum was 1.9 degrees. The lowest on record was minus 1.1 degrees recorded in 1967.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that the chances of Winter rainfall in this region exceeding the three-month median rainfall are mainly between 45 and 60 per cent, so the chances of being wetter than normal are about the same as the chances of being drier.

The Winter climate outlook suggests a drier than average period is likely for much of eastern and parts of southern Australia.

Daytime temperatures are very likely to be warmer than average and, with more cloud-free days and nights expected, there is an increased risk of frost in susceptible areas.

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