SOUTH-west residents are enjoying a welcome sunny start to November after a record-breaking wet October.
Last month had just seven dry days and the 24 days of rain helped Warrnambool break two records in October — the highest monthly rainfall since 1975 and the most rain in one day since the Warrnambool Airport started measuring 14 years ago.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the last time Warrnambool recorded an October monthly rainfall total greater than this year’s 129.2mm was in 1975, when 131.6mm was measured at the Warrnambool Post Office.
The 42mm downpour on October 23 provided the airport’s most rainfall in a single October day, and broke last year’s daily record of 40mm.
It was also the second consecutive day of at least two centimetres of rainfall in the region.
Since 1998 the October average has been 61mm and the previous year with the most October rain was 2001 with 119mm.
Previously weather data was taken from the city’s post office, with a long-term average of 67mm going back to 1897.
Port Fairy also exceeded its October average of 50.6mm with 61.5mm of rainfall, while the monthly total in Hamilton was 82mm.
Portland Airport also broke two records since it began recording 31 years ago, with 123.4mm measured for the month and 55mm on October 23.