More hot weather is on the way for the Western Downs.
More hot weather is on the way for the Western Downs. Jayden Brown

February driest month on record for Tweed Valley

LAST month was officially the driest February on record for the Tweed Valley, with just 15mm of rain falling compared to an average of 231mm.

The Tweed Coast did not fare much better, with 43mm falling compared to an average of 190mm.

And according to Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domencino, no significant rainfall is forecast until late April to early May.

"There are indications that March will be facing the same dry conditions," he said.

"We'll return more to normal conditions coming into April, but it won't be enough to make up the deficit from summer.

"There's no major climate indications that we will get any significant rainfall until late autumn, leading into winter."

Mr Domencino said a possible El Nino warm ocean currently forecast for the start of spring may bring some heavy downpours, but it was far from guaranteed.

"Coming off such a dry summer it would have to be a lot of rain to make up the difference," he said.

He added that Western and mid-North Coast NSW had some decent showers recently, but many isolated areas of the state were still battling drought conditions.

"Across NSW there has been a few good rain events, but they are definitely not spread across the state."

Mr Domencino was unable to say whether the Tweed Valley was officially in drought. This is due to the NSW Government replacing official drought declarations with the Seasonal Conditions Report, a strategic advisory tool.

Dry Days

The valley has not been this dry since 1988, when 40.6mm of rain fell.

In February '73 646mm fell - the wettest February on record.

The wettest day this month was the 25th, when 7mm fell.



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