Drying out: Illawarra rainfall well below normal

Siobhan Young (left), Sienna King and Tori Cox take a stroll through the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on Monday. Very little rainfall and a distinct lack of storms sum up the city's recent weather conditions. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Siobhan Young (left), Sienna King and Tori Cox take a stroll through the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on Monday. Very little rainfall and a distinct lack of storms sum up the city’s recent weather conditions. Picture: Sylvia Liber

Has the weather left you feeling a little dry, Illawarra? 

The latest data from the Bureau of Meteorology has revealed the region was one of only a handful across the state to record a significant lack of rain during the three months to December 31.

October-to-December rainfall totals at Illawarra weather stations were only between 20 and 40 per cent of the three-month average.

Just 82.4mm was recorded at Bellambi during that period, while 90.6mm landed in the gauge at Albion Park.

Below-average rainfall was evident at both locations for the three consecutive months, with Bellambi’s October total of 6.2mm just nine per cent of the monthly norm (71.7mm). 

This Bureau of Meteorology rainfall graphic shows a "serious" to "severe" lack of rainfall across the Illawarra and the Far South Coast from October 1 to December 31.

This Bureau of Meteorology rainfall graphic shows a “serious” to “severe” lack of rainfall across the Illawarra and the Far South Coast from October 1 to December 31.

A distinct lack of storms has also been evident in Wollongong. 

Looking ahead, the bureau’s January-to-March outlook shows a continuation of the region’s dry spell. 

Current conditions are being influenced by a negative Southern Annular Mode, which results in reduced rainfall and higher temperatures, the bureau said.

The percentage of the average October-to-December rainfall recorded between October 1 and December 31, 2016. Source: Bureau of Meteorology

The percentage of the average October-to-December rainfall recorded between October 1 and December 31, 2016. Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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