Up to 60mm of rain predicted to fall in Blayney across Thursday, Friday, Saturday

RAIN, RAIN: Rain is predicted for Orange during the back-end of the week. Photo: FILE
RAIN, RAIN: Rain is predicted for Orange during the back-end of the week. Photo: FILE

Blayney is forecast to receive as much as 60 millimetres of rain at the end of the week, and it will come as a welcome relief to gardeners who have to sustain their gardens at level four.

Central Tablelands Water raised restrictions to Level four for its customers on January 1 as Lake Rowlands dropped to 42 per cent.

Without an official meteorological station in Blayney, the 11mm recorded in Orange so far this month could be enhanced by the 60mm predicted across Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Weatherzone.com is forecasting an 80 per cent chance of 10-20mm of rain on Thursday, likely in the form of a thunderstorm, while the same amounts of rain are almost certain of arriving on Friday and Saturday with a 90 per cent chance of precipitation on those days.

A top of 30 degrees is predicted on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Any rain will be welcome after one of the driest Decembers on record, with just 17.2mm of rain recorded in the final month of the year, which was also one of the warmest following a mean top temperature 3.4 degrees warmer than average.

Just 23.8mm fell in November while 20.2mm was recorded in October.

There's small chances of rain across the start of the week too, with Wednesday's predicted 70 per cent chance of 5mm the best in the lead-up to what will be the region's most significant rain fall since 21.6mm fell on September 17.