What a difference 12 months makes.
Port Macquarie has received 87mm of rain in the first 19 days of the new year compared with just 0.6mm for the same period in 2019.
And the good news continues right across the Port Macquarie-Hastings area.
In the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday, Port Macquarie had recorded 50mm of rain with the airport gauge reaching 54mm for the same period.
Over at Koala Street 58mm was recorded with 54mm at the Port Macquarie Golf Club.
The important catchment also received a good drenching with Mt Seaview reporting 100mm of rain in the gauge in the 24 hours to 9am on Sunday.
According to weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain that was the heaviest rainfall recorded across the Port Macquarie-Hastings in that time frame.
"There has been a good accumulation of (rainfall) numbers over the last few days," he said.
"And if we look ahead, Sunday afternoon and evening was again expected to see some showers - but not as heavy as earlier in the weekend.
"The shower activity looks to be a bit more scattered.
"As we look to the early part of this week, the main focus of the shower and storm activity is going to shift further inland on, and just west, of the ranges and further south in NSW.
"There will be a drying trend for Port Macquarie for the first few days of the working week.
There will be a drying trend for Port Macquarie for the first few days of the working week.Graeme Brittain
"This is due to the re-positioning of the trough that has been responsible for this good rainfall," he said.
"Later in the week we could see a resurgence of showers and rainfall activity as that trough pushing back in a north-easterly direction."
Mr Brittain said more showers are predicted by Friday and into next weekend.
Monday and Thursday will be generally dry with temperatures above the average, particularly during the daytime.
He said these temperatures would peak in the mid to low 30s each day.
"The highest maximum temperature is expected to be 35 degrees on Thursday, or about seven degrees above the long term average for this time of year," he said.
The humidity is generally decreasing through to the end of the week.
Port Macquarie Driving Range and Mini Golf's Christine Smith said the rain was "a great feeling".
"Our dam that was empty last week now has water in it," she said.
"That means we now have water to irrigate our putting green and tee-off areas.
"When people hit golf balls they like to hit from green grass. They can do that now.
"This rain just changes everything. It means we have a chance to recovery before we head into winter," she said.
"Even if we get smaller evening showers, it will help the growth rate of the grass."
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