The rain is finally here. It’s been the wettest start to October in a decade for most of the South Coast.
While far from drought breaking, the first 10 days of October have brought upwards of 100mm across parts of the region.
In Kiama, more than 119mm of rain has fallen since October 1, the wettest start to the month since 2009.
Further down the coast, more than 55mm of rain has fallen over Nowra in the past 10 days, making it the wettest start to October since 2011.
In Ulladulla, 59mm of rain has fallen so far this month, the most that’s fallen over the town from October 1 to 10 since 2009.
Kangaroo Valley has also experienced a soaking over the past week, with the Bureau of Meteorology measuring 53mm of rain since October, the most rainfall in the first 10 days of the month since 2011.
While the showers were clearing by Wednesday afternoon, (October 10), the Bureau of Meteorology forecast more showers for the rest of this week and into next week.
The cool temperatures were also expected to remain until next week, before reaching the low 20s on Monday.
Despite the downpour and cool temperatures, most of the region is still in ‘intense drought’ according to the Department of Primary Industries’ Combined Drought Indicator.