MUDGEE has just recorded is third driest year during the past century, with farmers, gardeners and residents struggling through the dry times.
In 2019, just 367.7 millimetres of rainfall was recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), which is just over half of the long-term mean for Mudgee of 670.3mm.
The driest year Mudgee has seen during the past century was in 1982 when just 302.4mm of rain was recorded, this was followed by 347.0mm in 2006.
The year, however, did start off on a promising note when 89.0mm of rain was recorded in January, which was above the monthly average of 68.0mm.
March was also much wetter than average in Mudgee, with 120.6mm of rain compared to the month's average of 52.9mm.
But, it all dried up after that with every other month recording well below average rain.
April was the driest month during 2019 when no rain was recorded at the BoM's George Street weather station.
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While Mudgee recorded many above average temperature days during the year, no records were broken.
The hottest day in 2019 was on January 16 when the mercury soared to 40.7 degrees, and while this was hot, it was still a long way off Mudgee's hottest day on record.
This occurred on February 11, 2017 when the temperature reached a top of 43.9 degrees.
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The coldest day in 2019 was on June 21 when residents shivered through a low of -6.8 degrees.
While it was bone-chillingly cold it was a little off Mudgee's coldest ever day which was recorded on July 12, 2002 when the mercury dropped to -7.7 degrees.
Mudgee is set to have a slight reprieve from the dry weather this week with a 60 per cent chance of up to 10mm of rain predicted to fall on Monday and Tuesday.
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The hot weather will continue with the mercury to stay in the mid to high 30s for the next seven days.
During the first three months of 2020, the BoM shows there is only a 40 per cent chance of exceeding median rainfall in Mudgee.
The days will stay warmer than average, the BoM shows, with an 80 per cent chance that median maximum temperatures will be exceeded.
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