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Dry July for Sydneysiders

Kim Westcott, Saturday July 27, 2013 - 14:24 EST

After a very wet June, Sydneysiders are wondering where all the rain went, with the city facing its driest July in over a decade.

Sydney is currently on target to have its driest July in 11 years. Only 27mm has landed in the rain gauge so far this month, well below the usual 98mm that falls during July. A lack of rain bearing cold fronts reaching the region has caused the current deficit. The heaviest 24 hours of rain this month only yielded a mere 10mm on the first day of the month.

In the city's west, Richmond has seen less than 2mm this month, just six percent of the normal July rainfall. Similarly, Penrith has received less than 4mm, potentially the lowest July rain in 16 years of records.

The lack of cold fronts has also led to warm days this month. Sydney is on track to see its warmest July in over 150 years of records, with the average maximum temperature for the month thus far sitting at 19.3 degrees. This is well above the long-term average of 16.3 degrees.

Showers are likely for the start of the working week for Sydney with the arrival of a low pressure trough. This trough is unlikely to bring much in the way of rainfall, with less than five millimetres expected in the city before the month is out.

- Weatherzone

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