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Sydney?s six day dry spell broken to start the weekend

Angus Konta, Saturday June 15, 2024 - 12:54 AEST

Sydneysiders had been enjoying a seemingly rare and very welcome dry spell dating back to last weekend, however on Friday afternoon the skies darkened once again and the rain began to fall across the city. 


The rain was caused largely by the remnants of the northwest cloudband that stretched across the country this week. Another factor that contributed to Sydney receiving rainfall, was the passage of a trough making its way up the east coast. This trough helped to drive southerly winds across the city, not only bringing in plenty of rain but also keeping the temperatures below 14 degrees for the entire afternoon (yesterday’s maximum temperature of 14.4 degrees was achieved just before midday). 


Rain persisted across the city through much of the afternoon, spreading to the western suburbs by the evening with virtually every rain gauge across the Sydney basin registering some rain by the end of the night.  


GIF: Rainfall spreading across Sydney during Friday afternoon 

By 9am this morning, Observatory Hill, Sydney’s main weather station, had picked up 70.2mm, marking the third day of more than 50mm of rain since the start of June. This takes the recorded total so far, only halfway through the month, to 282.2mm the wettest month since October 2022.  


Significant totals were recorded elsewhere around eastern Sydney & the Central Coast including: 

Little Bay – 100.0mm 

Sans Souci – 75.0mm 

Sydney Ap – 67.4mm 

Kincumber – 51.5mm 

Manly – 42.0mm 

Gosford – 37.0mm 



Across regional NSW, some decent rainfall totals were also recorded at: 

Ulladulla – 59.2mm 

Williamtown – 49.4mm 

Nobby’s Head – 48.2mm 

Orange Ap -14.6mm 

Murrurundi Gap – 14.6mm 



Thankfully, rainfall is clearing for Sydney’s western suburbs this afternoon and should clear from the east this evening, and the sun looks set to come out on Sunday. 

- Weatherzone

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