Parkes' rainfall back to drought levels in a coldish April

THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN: Parkes' deciduous trees have been putting on a show this autumn with a beautiful mix of colours in their leaves. This photo was taken in Clarinda Street. Photo: Kathy Catto

THE COLOURS OF AUTUMN: Parkes' deciduous trees have been putting on a show this autumn with a beautiful mix of colours in their leaves. This photo was taken in Clarinda Street. Photo: Kathy Catto

With barely any drops falling for the month, Parkes returned to drought-level rain in April.

Just 0.8 of a millimetre was recorded at the Parkes Airport for the entire month, all on April 10.

It's the second driest April on our 38-year record (the Bureau of Meteorology records begin in 1941 however there are years missing between 1945-1972 and 1979-1997).

The last time it was this dry was only two years ago when 0mm was recorded but the shire and the state were in drought then.

In comparison, Parkes received 154.8mm last April - the town's highest rainfall on record.

The average April rainfall for Parkes is 33.2mm.

Some of our neighbouring towns have also experienced one of their coldest Aprils on record, and while it might have felt like a mild April temperature-wise in Parkes, when it comes to averages, it was actually our coldest in 15 years and second coldest on our 23-year record.

Parkes' lowest average temperature for the month was six degrees - the record set in 2006 is 5.6.

The long-term average minimum temperature for April is 9.7.

But Parkes only had two days in the minuses, with -2.1 degrees on April 22 the coldest, and four days at zero or just above it.

The coldest April day on record is -3, on April 23, 2006.

There were 15 days that came in under 10 degrees at the lowest temperature but there were many pleasant days as temperatures warmed up throughout the 24-hour period, some peaking as high as 28, 29 and 30 degrees which is normal compared to other years.

April's highest average temperature this year was 23.4 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting some relief in rain today and tomorrow with 90 per cent chance of five to 10mm later today and 80 per cent chance of one to five millimetres on Tuesday.

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