Thursday's steady rain brought some relief to the city's dried out parks and gardens. A total of 12mm of rain was recorded in the 24 hours to 9am this morning at the city gauge. It may be a disappointing amount to some but it is the heaviest fall since last July. Elsewhere heavier falls were recorded in Warwick, which picked up 31mm and Oakey 32mm.
The rain was caused by a trough being pushed across the city ahead of a pool of cold air. Brisk southwesterly winds are making unseasonably cold air feel even colder. This morning's minimum temperature was 13 degrees, which is three colder than average. The cold winds making this feel close to ten degrees.
Despite plenty of morning sunshine the mercury has not climbed beyond 15 degrees as the coldest airmass reaches the city.
The cold will quickly slip away eastwards this afternoon leading to a late top in the low-twenties.
A high pressure system will build bringing clear skies and warming days. Saturday and Sunday should see tops in the mid-twenties with only isolated light showers on Sunday afternoon but otherwise a mostly sunny and dry weekend.
© Weatherzone 2012
13:39 EST With 28mm already recorded in the rain gauge this month, Alice Springs is having its wettest May since 2004.