Dry, but cold, Autumn for Parkes with beautiful colours the highlight

AUTUMN was particularly stunning in Parkes this year, but you would've wanted a warm jacket if you were out for a stroll looking at all the beautiful colours.

There were 10 days through March, April and May that dipped below freezing - and not once were there sub-zero temperatures in Autumn last year when we were all tucked up like toasty warm cinnamon buns at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Fortunately for those who aren't partial to a nip in the air, the mean maximum temperature was actually higher this year than last - it's just that when it was cold, it was COLD.

It got down to -3.6 degress celsius at one point in May, laying the platform for what is expected to be a very cold start to winter; with snow potentially arriving in the Central West as of next week.

It was rainfall, not temperatures, however that proved to be the biggest difference between 2020 and 2021, with nary a drop falling this year.

246.6mm fell last year, compared to just 36.5mm in 2021 - a long way from the 134.1mm average since 1941.

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