Welcome rain falls across SA

WIDESPREAD rain has fallen across most of SA in the past 24 hours, providing much needed relief to some areas.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Simon Ching said the rain fell heaviest across the Mount Lofty ranges but there were still good totals in agricultural areas.

The highest recorded rainfall was at Aldgate with 66.6 millimetres, with Mount Lofty itself not far behind on 64.6mm.

In the Mid North and Flinders regions, there were several good totals of up to 46.2mm at Port Germein, while Bute recorded 41.1mm.

In the North West pastoral areas, Mr Ching said Nonning recorded 41mm, while Whyalla received 30.8mm.

Eudunda and Robertstown, which has missed out on much of the earlier rain events, recorded 20 millimetres and 18mm overnight until 9am, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

At Loxton, which had only received 32.1mm for 2019 to the end of May, recorded 15mm overnight, with more expected today.

Caliph, also in the Riverland, recorded 21mm.

Mr Ching said the best of the rain was mostly over but the eastern districts of SA could still receive some more.

"There are showers to come in the next week," he said.

"We've got a series of fronts coming across the southern parts of the state, mostly confined to the southern agricultural areas."

Mr Ching said there might also be some rain coming in the Far North pastoral areas.

"There is a transient rainband expected to set in on Saturday and Sunday, which might lead to 5-10mm," he said.

"Elsewhere, we could expect maybe 2-10mm in southern agricultural areas and 10-20mm along the south coast."

This rain followed on from above-average May rainfall across parts of coastal SA, which had helped reduce the soil moisture deficiencies at the five and eight-month timescales, in the BoM's drought report.

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