WHAT a difference a day makes.

This time yesterday the region was still reeling from heavy rains, exhausted SES crews had spent the night rescuing people from flood waters and Ballina was very nearly literally in the poo after the town's overloaded stormwater system started flowing into the sewer system.

Now the Wilsons River is out of flood and we're at the start of what the Bureau of Meteorology says will be a sunny day on the Northern Rivers.

The rainfall figures tell the story nicely.

24-hour rainfall to 9am, August 28
24-hour rainfall to 9am, August 28

After its drenching on Wednesday night, Tuckombil spent yesterday and last night more or less rain-free and Alstonville - which had been runner up in the heaviest rainfall stakes - received a paltry 0.6 of a millimetre.

To find the heaviest rainfall in the region over that period, you have to go almost all the way up to the Queensland border, to Couchy Creek, which received a not-quite-drenching 7mm. Everywhere else had to make do with, at most, 1mm or, like Tuckombil, nothing at all.

Rainfall between 9am, August 28, 2014, and 7am, August 29.
Rainfall between 9am, August 28, 2014, and 7am, August 29.

A flood warning remains in place for the Wilsons River - it's scheduled to be updated at 10am - but as of 7.16am it had dropped to about 3m, nicely below the minor flood level, and was continuing to fall steadily.

The Bureau says today and tomorrow should be nice enough - although a bit blowy on the coast, particularly at Byron Bay which has strong wind warnings in place for at least the next two days. It will be sunny today and throughout the weekend, although it will be a bit cloudy on Monday.

The Bureau says temperatures won't get past the low 20s today, but should reach the mid-20s over the weekend.

Today's chilliness is probably not such a bad thing though - the "large and powerful" surf conditions mean water activities are best avoided anyway.



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