Welcome rain in parts of SA

Ben Domensino, 1 May 2019

Rain returned to South Australia during the last 24 hours, with some places picking up their best falls in years.

A cold front and complex low pressure system caused rain and thunderstorms to spread over the state on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Image: Thick cloud over South Australia on Tuesday evening, shortly before sunset.

Kangaroo Islands's Cape Borda collected 61mm during the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday, which was their highest daily total in eight years. A nearby gauge at Flinders Chase picked up 68mm, its heaviest rain in six years.

Some other parts of the West Coast, Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island districts saw their heaviest rain since last winter during the last 24 hours. Edithburgh's 22mm was their highest daily total in one-and-a-half years.

While Adelaide only received 6.4mm up to 9am on Wednesday, this was still the city's heaviest rain so far this year. Heavier falls of 10-20mm were observed on the Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Ranges.

Showers will continue to affect southern districts of South Australia until Friday as a complex low pressure system lingers in the Bight.

Drier weather will return on the weekend as a high pressure ridge builds across the state.