Orange recorded its highest October temperature in 23 years on Sunday when the temperature at Orange Airport reached 28.9 degrees.
The temperature was 0.2 degrees warmer than the previous record set in 2006 when the mercury reached 28.7 degrees.
As well as the warm temperature so far this month, which has been 3.9 degrees above the average high of 18.1 degrees, Orange received some much needed rain with thunderstorms and rain on Tuesday.
The five millimetres that were recorded at Orange Airport was just a drop in the bucket compared to what the region needs to relieve the drought and get away from Level 5 water restrictions.
The weather prompted Weatherzone to issue a warning to sheep graziers that cold temperatures, showers and southwesterly winds were expected in parts of the Central Tablelands, including Orange, and it could cause a risk of lambs and sheep losses if they were exposed to those conditions.
However, according to Weatherzone, possible showers are also predicted for Friday and Saturday so hopefully this month will receive more rain than September when there was only seven days of rain, which totalled 58.8 millimetres.
Prior to Tuesday, Weather Zone recorded 0.6 millimetres of rain on Friday.
So far this year, prior to Tuesday, there had been 421.2 millimetres of rain in 94 days this year.
It was significantly lower than the average rainfall to October, which was723.5mm in118 days, but it was higher than the same period last year when there was 369.2mm in 91 days for the same time period.
For the rest of this week, Weatherzone is predicting a frosty morning and sunny day on Thursday with the temperature to range from 2 degrees to 15 degrees.
On Friday and Saturday there are possible showers predicted with the temperature on both days to range from 4 degrees to 14 degrees.
The next few days are then expected to be mostly sunny with Sunday reaching between 2 degrees and 16 degrees, Monday reaching between 3 degrees and 18 degrees, and Tuesday is set to be between 7 degrees and 24 degrees.
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