Residents woke to the sound of rain on rooftops across the region as Mother Nature showed she was still capable of producing rain – on the back of an extended dry spell.
It wasn’t drought-breaking, but the rain that fell across parts of the region on Monday morning was the heaviest since late June.
Lucas Heights weather station registered 2.3 millimetres between 9am and 1pm while Sydney Airport recorded 2.2mm.
Monday’s showers were associated with a trough and cold front crossing NSW, which also brought a gusty north-westerly change.
Some welcome rain in north and central west NSW overnight, even though totals were only light and much more is needed. The highest fall was 18mm at Canobolas, near Orange on the Central Tablelands. #nswweatherhttps://t.co/qvDP51ve7ypic.twitter.com/wNF7KR8qIf— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) August 6, 2018
The windy weather is forecast to continue on Tuesday, before temperatures begin to climb.
At this stage, the region can expect a high of 21 degrees on Thursday and 24 on Friday – well above average for this time of the year.
Temperatures away from the coast will be about one degree warmer on both days.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook predicts warmer-than-usual daytime and night time temperatures across Sydney between now and October, as well as below-average rainfall.
August has the highest likelihood of drier-than-normal conditions, the bureau said.