UPDATE | Shoalhaven turns dry August into one of the wettest | VIDEO

Rain tumbles down in Nowra on Monday morning.
Rain tumbles down in Nowra on Monday morning.

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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 the possibility of Shoalhaven City Council 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 9am Monday, the area has received 117.6mm.

Nowra recorded 45.6mm on Sunday and 72mm on Monday, 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.

Despite this latest rainfall the area is still well down on average rainfalls up until this time of the year, 635.3mm of rain on 85 days, having received 573.8mm on 78 days.

At this stage last year, the area had recorded 928mm on 84 days.

Pt Perpendicular has recorded 66.8mm for the month, including 47mm until 9am Monday, Ulladulla 85.6mm, including 60mm until 9am Monday and Kiama 140.2mm, including 60.2mm in the past two days.


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