Spectators at the Jim Beam Surftag Finals at Lennox Beach.
Spectators at the Jim Beam Surftag Finals at Lennox Beach. Blainey Woodham

Acclimatise to wet season

WET weather is set to continue and according to Weather Channel chief meteorologist Dick Whitaker it's all just part of the Northern Rivers' normal weather pattern.

"You have a wet and dry season," Mr Whitaker said.

The wet season on the Northern Rivers generally starts in December when the average rainfall is 120mm and continues until May when the average falls to 100mm.

January was the wettest in recent months with rainfall of 293mm recorded which was considerably higher than the average of 155mm.

This month 110mm has been recorded in Lismore. The monthly average is 183mm.

The heaviest rainfall in Lismore occurred on February 8 when 42mm fell in one burst, followed by February 20 when about 28mm fell.

La Nina has dominated the climate since spring.

"The biggest impact is currently being felt in inland Australia," Mr Whitaker said.

"Last year it was more on the east coast."

However, La Nina is now showing signs of weakening over the Southern Hemisphere and will continue to do so over autumn.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology the chance of above-average rainfall on the Northern Rivers over the next two months stands at 60%.

The forecast for today is for a few showers and a maximum temperature of 28°C. This weather pattern is expected to continue until Sunday when the forecast is for a "shower or two or clearing".

By Monday, showers are expected to return with partly cloudy weather on Tuesday and Wednesday.



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