Adelaide's record dry start to 2019

Ben Domensino, 30 April 2019

Adelaide just registered its driest January to April period in 180 years of records.

The city's West Terrace weather station only received 17.8mm of rain during the last four months combined. This is the lowest total for the first four months of a calendar year in observations dating back to 1839.

The previous record for January to April was 19.2mm from 1888, followed by 21.3mm in 1923. The January to April average is more than 160mm.

Fortunately, Adelaide is likely to see some rain during the remainder of this week, although it won't be enough to make up for the deficit of the last few months.