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Wettest day in weeks for South Australia

Press Release, Tuesday May 25, 2010 - 11:19 EST
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Wettest day in weeks for South Australia

25/05/2010: Snowtown has just experienced its wettest May day in 11 years of records, according to

The town picked up 38mm in the 24 hours to 9am today, beating the previous May record of 26mm set in 2001.

Rain was widespread across central parts of South Australia overnight, with a number of locations recording in excess of an inch, including Clare, Mount Lofty, Kuitpo, Rosedale and Roseworthy.

In most cases, these falls were the heaviest in at least six weeks, a lot longer in some areas.

"Last night’s rain was the result of a low pressure system and pool of cold air in the upper atmosphere tracking from west to east across central South Australia," meteorologist Matt Pearce said.

"It was the same system that indirectly brought rain and storms to northern parts of the state early yesterday morning."

The low is now heading east into New South Wales so rain is easing across South Australia. However, light showers and drizzle will continue to affect southern areas through the rest of the day. There may be further accumulations of up to five millimetres.

"The good news is that there are encouraging signs for welcome follow-up rain. Another front due around the end of the week will bring more widespread showers on Friday and Saturday. There are early indications of a potentially stronger system again next week," Pearce said.

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