The Maryborough region finally had some relief from the driest start to the year in over three decades this week, with over 20 millimetres of rain falling on Wednesday and Thursday.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, just 3.4 millimetres had fallen in the region throughout the month, making it the driest April in 70 years (since 1949).
The heavens finally opened on Wednesday however, with 5.6 mm falling throughout the day and a healthy 19.4 mm recorded on Thursday, according to the Bureau.
April continued the trend of 2019 being an incredibly dry year with just 33.4 mm falling in the first four months, all well below their respective long term averages of 31, 32, 30 and 38mm.
Throughout April, just four days saw any rainfall at all, with the ninth and 26th the wettest days, recording 1.8 mm and one mm respectively.
Before this week’s downpour, the region had not seen more than two millimetres of rain since March 25.
Twenty three days recorded temperatures above 20 degrees throughout April, with the mercury rising to 29.8° on the 16th to make it the hottest day of the month.
On the 26th, the temperature plummeted to 15.4° to make it the coldest day of the month.
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