Lots of rain in a short timeframe doubles Valley averages

IT ISN'T the end of the month yet, but Clarence Valley rainfall totals for August have already more than doubled the average.

Weatherzone meteorologist Jacob Kronje said the widespread rainfalls experienced across the region in the past two days, combined with the significant rain event earlier this month, had led to hefty rainfall totals which should stave off the bushfire season for at least a short while longer.

The past two days have seen about 40mm fall in Grafton, bringing the month's total rainfall to 110.8mm up to 9am this morning.

The August average is just 40.6mm.

"Most of that rain fell earlier in the month, around August 4, and during the course of the past 24 hours," Mr Kronje said.

"Apart from that hasn't been too anonomlous. We've seen some above average minimum temperatures because of cloud cover on Tuesday and Wednesday but that's about it."

Yamba recorded a higher rainfall, both over the past two days and throughout the month.

A "very healthy rainfall" of about 60mm has fallen in the past 48 hours up until 9amm this morning, taking the total for this month to 193.8mm, which is more than double the average August amount of 76.6mm.

Mr Kronje said meteorologists were still compiling statistics from yesterday's wet weather, but noted that some isolated locations in the Northern Rivers region recieved well over 50mm in 24 hours.

Into next week, Clarence Valley residents look set to cruise into spring with some pretty mild weather.

Grafton is looking at days ahead not anything significant expected could be some light showers tomorow- return to partly cloudy skies - low temps below ten degrees and low 20s.

In Yamba the outlook is similar, but with a higher chance of showers from Friday to Sunday.

"The temperatures are staying pretty mild but it's going to be a bit more wet there," he said.

"You could see 2-3mm of rain every day from Friday to Sunday."



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