Wettest July in eight years, but August will be fine
THIS month has been the wettest July for the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads region in eight years, according to a Weatherzone meteorologist.
With 22 days of rain already recorded, 135mm of rain has fallen in the area this month, compared to the monthly average of 77mm.
The excessive rain seen is often more typical of May or June, with July predominantly fine and clear.
"Coolangatta Tweed has had the wettest July...since 2005," Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.
"There's been 22 days rain, more than double the average, it's usually 10 days.
"That's definitely more typical of earlier in the year."
Mr Dutschke said warmer offshore currents were mostly responsible for fuelling the extra rainfall.
"The water offshore has been warmer than normal...this means there's more moisture in the air," he said.
"Winds have also been blowing off the water more than your typical July, water blowing into the air means more humidity.
"And the cold fronts that have crossed further south have been much weaker than usual."
But Mr Dutschke said conditions would likely improve into the weekend and beyond.
"Saturday and Sunday are likely to be clear," he said.
"August will be dryer than July, it should turn out to be close to an average month.
"There's a few warmer days coming up too."
Mr Dutschke was optimistic weather conditions would remain relatively normal through August, but said a spattering of noticeably colder days were on the way.