It’s been the wettest September on record for the Border, with the gauge at Albury airport registering a whopping 142.2mm of rain for the month.
And there’s bad news for warm-weather lovers ahead, with October tipped to be wetter and cooler than usual.
Last September the Border got 27.4mm of rain, with just 0.2mm falling in the last 20 days of the month.
In contrast, September 2016 had six days of downpours over 10mm, with September 3 the wettest at 33.6mm.
Temperatures were cooler this year and the month felt much like a continuation of winter.
September 24 was the warmest day, with the mercury hitting 20.2 degrees.
There was one other day which scraped just over 20 degrees, on September 8.
Last year, there were six days over 20 degrees in September ahead of an unseasonable heatwave following the grand final weekend into October.
The second wettest September after records began in 1994 was back in 1998, which recorded 124.4mm.
Bureau of Meterology forecaster Michael Efron attributed this year’s above average falls to the Indian Ocean Dipole.
The IOD is like an El Nino event but in the Indian Ocean as opposed to the Pacific Ocean, when warmer than average sea surface temperatures off the coast of northwestern Australia occur.
“Any frontal system that comes through picks up a lot more moisture as it heads eastwards,” Mr Efron said.
“A negative phase of the IOD does generally lead to above average winter spring rainfall for much of southeastern Australia.”
Mr Efron predicted similar conditions would persist into October.
“At this stage, the odds favour above average rainfall and lower than average temperatures as well,” he said.
But Mr Efron said it was still too early to tell whether it would be a wet summer similar to 2010-11.
Wild weather lashed the Border on Friday morning, with Albury Council receiving a call about 8am Friday after a smooth-barked apple tree toppled on Read Place.
It took workers about an hour to clean up to ensure the barrel of the tree did not roll down the hill and cause more damage.
Lake Hume was at 96.7 capacity on Friday with areas flooded downstream, including Noreuil Park.