What South Australia can expect after driest start in 100 years

Experts are predicting much needed rain is on the way after the state recorded its driest start in 100 years.

Adelaide’s dry spell is now officially the longest on record, only recording 0.6mm for the month between February through to May.

Based on data from the Bureau of Meteorology, as of May 27, the highest rainfall for the month so far was registered at Prospect Hill in the Adelaide Hills, totaling 13.4mm. Additionally, Monarto South, near Murray Bridge, received 10.6mm of rainfall during the same period.

Experts are hoping for rain later this week, with up with 15mm of rain set to hit Adelaide on Thursday with an expected 10mm more for Friday.

In the South-East region, Mt Gambier is forecasted to receive up to 9mm of rain on Thursday, while in the Upper South-East, Keith is expected to see up to 8mm. Additionally, in the state’s Riverland, Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula is also forecasted to receive up to 8mm of rain.

It’s been the month for breaking weather records here in SA, with parts of the state recording it’s coldest May morning last week.

Wednesday was the chilliest with Nurioopta reaching -2.6c, Kadina reached -0.8c with it’s previous record being 0.1c on May 30th 2021, Robe reached -2c with it’s previous record being -1.3c May 25th 2006, Roseworthy reached -1.4c beating it’s previous record of -0.4c on May 27th 1967, Cummins reached -1.6c with it’s previous record of 0.8c May 7th 2023 and Wudinna recorded -1.5c with it’s previous being -1.2c May 21st 2022.

So if you’re walking to work, school or just getting out and about, be sure to pack your brolly and don’t be caught out in the rain!

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