A warm and dry April now for rain

A DRIER and warmer-than-average April has pastures and gardens across the Coffs Coast anxious for a good long drink.

According to Bureau of Meteorology Coffs Harbour weather observer Alison Skinn the 73.2 millimetres of rain recorded at the airport last month was under half the long-term rainfall average of 176.4mls.

The days and nights of April 2010 were also warmer than average.

The average daily maximum temperature for the month just gone was 25.1 degrees against a long-term average of 24 degrees.

The average overnight minimum temperature for April 2010 was 15.7 degrees, marginally above the long-term average of 15.2 degrees.

“Since the start of summer we’ve been under the influence of an El Nino weather pattern but that seems to be now breaking up,” Ms Skinn said.

“For those people who want some rain, the outlook is good,” she said.

“According to the National Seasonal Rainfall Outlook, north east New South Wales should have slightly higher than average rainfall over the next three months.”

For the record the driest April on record in Coffs Harbour was in 1912 when just 17mls of rain fell.

The wettest April was in 1963 when a whopping 752mls deluged the city.

Showers are forecast for today and tomorrow but falls will only be light.

“A frontal system is moving through the State but registrations of between just five and 10mls are expected,” Ms Skinn said.

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