TAMWORTH has waded through one of the wettest summer seasons on record, with rain regularly drenching the city in the past three months.
The wet weather has brought cooler days, a welcome boost to dams and a big drop in water restrictions earlier in the season.
Official December, January and February rainfall totals recorded at the Tamworth airport weather station show 355.4mm of the wet stuff was dumped on the city through summer.
That makes it the third wettest summer on record, since Tamworth airport's Bureau of Meteorology station was set up in 1993.
The highest summer total ever came almost a decade ago - in the 2011-2012 season - when a whopping 435mm drenched Tamworth.
The second wettest came back in 2003-2004, when 374.6mm was notched up at the airport gauge.
By the end of summer on February 28, Tamworth's main water supply Chaffey Dam had risen to 42.2 per cent capacity, up from 33.3 per cent at the start of December.
Residents started summer on Level 3 water restricions, but the rules were dropped straight back to Level 1 in late December, after flooding rains fell in the catchment.
Lake Keepit also felt the flow-on effect of the wet summer, rising from 26.5 per cent in December to 39.5 per cent by the end of the season.
The rainiest day of the past summer came on December 22, when 92.2mm bucketed down on Tamworth.
The wet and cloudy days, brought about by weather phenomenon La Nina, also caused the summer to be one of the mildest on record.
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