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Byron Bay already exceeding average May rainfall

Hannah Wilson, Sunday May 17, 2020 - 12:48 EST

Heavy rainfall continued across northeastern parts of NSW on Saturday and Sunday morning, with Cape Byron on their way to setting a new record for May rainfall. 

Thanks to persistent, moist onshore winds which have been maintaining across the east coast of NSW and QLD over the past few days, as well as a lingering trough, Cape Byron has already exceeded its average monthly rainfall for May, with 130mm falling so far, and a usual average of 100mm. At around 2pm on Saturday, the seaside town received a deluge of rainfall with 18mm falling in just over 20 minutes. As rain continued over the course of the evening into Sunday morning, the total came to just over 69mm. 

With another trough set to form over the east coast later in the week, Byron Bay may be setting a new record for their most rainfall in May, with just over 40mm required to match the record of 175mm set in 2003.

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