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Perth recorded its first rain in 38 days on Friday morning, 5 May. It was a mere 7.8mm at Perth Metro weather station in the city and 7.6mm at the Airport in the east, while the heaviest fall was 15.2mm at Anketell, 29km S of the city. The rain broke the longest spell with zero rainfall in 35 years. However, the 38 dry days fell a long way short of the all-time rain-free record of 83 days from 15 December 1974 to 7 March 1975. The city also had a rainless April, only the fourth time this has happened since records began in 1876.
The National Water Account 2016 Report for the water year 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016 is available. While this doesn't sound like riveting reading, it is interesting, useful and well presented for those that use water, especially in their business. Rather like accounting for money, the water accounts show the ins and outs, assets and liabilities, of water for major cities and major farming areas. The main difference between water and money, though, is you can't get a loan.
This morning saw exceptionally low temperatures in NSW for May. Cold, dry air moving over southern and central areas in the wake of a fairly weak cold front combined with clear skies and almost calm conditions to give the lowest minima since last winter to many towns. In the cases of Orange (-4.5°) and Goulburn (-7.5°), it was also a colder night than any last winter. Goulburn scored the lowest temperature measured anywhere in the country, and its minimum was 10.3° below the May average. Oberon, with a low of -5.8° tied with Perisher Valley in the Snowy Mountains for national second lowest figure. Other unusually low readings for May included Dunedoo -1.6, Dubbo -0.1, Bathurst -4.5, Young -3.8, Cootamundra -2.9, Yass -4.2, Hillston 0.6 and Canberra -4.4°.