Big dry turns to bigger wet

THE Shoalhaven has gone from being on the cusp of a new record for the driest August ever to setting a new mark as the wettest in a matter of a few days.

Late last week the area desperately needed rainfall, having recorded just over 3mm for the month.

That led to talk of Shoalhaven City Council possibly having to stop pumping water from draw off points in the Shoalhaven River due to reduced flows.

Since rain started falling late Saturday evening up until mid-afternoon Tuesday the area has received 198.6mm.

Nowra recorded 45.6mm on Sunday, 72mm on Monday and 77.6 on Tuesday, easily eclipsing the monthly average of 31.1mm, and also breaking the wettest previous record of 80mm in 2001 and the wettest individual day of 25.4mm in 2007.

The latest falls have pushed the area above its average rainfall for this time of the year.

Nowra has now recorded 651.4mm on 79 days, compared to the average of 635.3mm on 85 days but is still well behind last year when the area had recorded 928mm on 84 days.

Pt Perpendicular has recorded 85.6mm for the month, including 47mm until 9am Monday and 19mm to 9am Tuesday, Ulladulla 117.6mm, including 60mm Monday and 32mm on Tuesday, Kiama 189mm, including almost 100mm in the past three days.

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