May’s melting moments: Orange's warmest autumn in seven years

UNDER THE WEATHER: Threatening skies over Orange on Wednesday with more rain forecast for the weekend. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

UNDER THE WEATHER: Threatening skies over Orange on Wednesday with more rain forecast for the weekend. Photo: STEVE GOSCH

ORANGE is set for the warmest May for the past seven years, according to Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke.

Mr Dutschke said Orange was similar to most of the state with warmer than expected weather recorded.

“Basically all of NSW has been warmer than average this month because of a lack of cold fronts,” he said.

“Early in the month we had a very cold period but since then, especially in the last fortnight, there’s been no cold fronts allowing for warmer than usual weather.”

Mr Dutschke predicted an average daily temperature of around 9.9 degrees for this May, the warmest since May 2007, when the daily average reached 10.8 degrees.

So far this year according to Weatherzone, Orange has recorded 353.9 millimetres of rain, just below the 361.1 millimetres of rain recorded up until the same time last year.

The wettest day for the year remains February 16 when 40mm fell.

Mr Dutschke said we can expect up to 20mm on Saturday and a further 10 millimetres on Sunday.

This follows on from Tuesday when some areas of the city recorded nearly 20mm of rain.

Despite a heavy storm and unpredictable rain on Tuesday, Orange SES reported a surprisingly quiet night.

 Orange City SES controller Kim Stevens said they received no call-outs despite more than 20mm falling in some areas of the city.

“It was quite a big storm so I was surprised that it didn’t result in any call-outs and was very quiet overall,” he said.

Mr Stevens expects it will remain quiet for the SES until snow falls later in the year.

“It generally tends to be quiet at this time of the year but we’ll get a bit busier when snow and heavy rains fall in October,” he said.

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