Weather Watch

ISOLATED: Locations in the Albury-Wodonga region have benefited from scattered thunderstorms, which brought useful rainfall. Photo: MARK JESSER
ISOLATED: Locations in the Albury-Wodonga region have benefited from scattered thunderstorms, which brought useful rainfall. Photo: MARK JESSER

Locations across the Albury-Wodonga region have benefited from scattered thunderstorms.

The passage of a low-pressure trough, with a cold front, brought scattered thunderstorms, delivering useful moderate to heavy rainfalls at several locations in the Albury-Wodonga region on October 19 and 20.

Some notable heavy falls were received at Yarrawonga, 42.2mm (to the morning of Friday, October 20) – its heaviest daily rainfall for October since 1975.

Corowa’s 47.6mm was its heaviest daily fall for October since 2010.

White Cliffs received 48.8mm of rain, which was its heaviest daily rainfall for October since the 63.5mm recorded in 1959.

Many locations, including Moree and south from Gilgandra to Forbes, have exceeded monthly rainfall averages for October.

The Albury-Wodonga region experienced humid conditions during the week but little if any rain was recorded.

A number of areas did experience isolated thunderstorms.

The heavy rain in eastern parts of Queensland, mainly along the coast, has eased but Bunderberg has received a massive 547mm during October - more than double the previous wettest October of 1953. Sandy Cape has received 506mm this month, which is also more than double the previous wettest October of 229mm in 1984.

Maryborough's 434mm makes 2017 its wettest October since the 498mm received in 1882. Sydney that year experienced its driest ever September until this record was broken this year.

During the past week, heat has again been building up in the Pilbara. 

Marble Bar recorded 43.8 degrees on Friday, October 20.

This is still about two degrees below the record hottest October day of 46 degrees which was recorded in 2002.

At this stage, this excessive warmth is highly unlikely to filter into the Albury-Wodonga region in the immediate future. 

October rainfall

Deniliquin 10.2

Yarrawonga 62.2

Wangaratta 43.6

Albury 62.4mm

Wagga 58.4

Corryong 22.4