Dubbo residents wait for rain to boost 2mm received so far this month

RAIN COMING: The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rain in Dubbo on Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo: File
RAIN COMING: The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rain in Dubbo on Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Photo: File

Dubbo residents suffering from water bill shock after a long hot summer will be pleased to hear rain is on the way.

But they should not expected a downpour in the next week.

On Friday the Bureau of Meteorology was predicting rain late in the afternoon and evening.

Its seven-day forecast for the city as of Friday tells of a 70 per cent chance of up to 3 millimetres (mm) of rain falling on Tuesday and an 80 per cent chance of up to 8mm on Wednesday.

Average April rainfall in Dubbo since 1993 is 35.1mm.

On Friday morning the city had received a total of 2mm this month, of which 1.8mm fell in the 24-hour period to 9am April 10.

April 1996 holds the 23-year record for the lowest rainfall for the month in Dubbo.

A mere 0.2mm fell at the automatic weather station at Dubbo City Regional Airport that year.

Rain was erratic across summer with 138.6mm recorded in Dubbo in December, 14.8mm in January and 1.6mm in February. In March the city received 223mm.