Drying out: Illawarra rainfall well below normal
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).
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.