IT'S BEEN a cool and dry month for the Tamworth region, with only two rainy days in April and a whole lot of sunshine.
But, the month did bring the city's first frost for the year and broke records for the coldest April day on record.
Only 22.6mm of rain fell at the Tamworth airport Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) station during the month, and it all fell during one wet weekend in mid-April.
It's given the area a chance to dry out after a soaking wet March, when 162mm was dumped on the city.
April is typically one of Tamworth's drier periods, with April last year bringing more than 40mm of the wet stuff and only 13mm the year before.
Dams across the region have largely hovered around the same mark throughout the month, but some small increases are good news.
Chaffey Dam started April at 56.8 per cent and ended the month at a drop less than 58 per cent. Just 3ML per day for environmental reasons has been leaving the dam, with the rest of the resource plugged up in Chaffey.
Lake Keepit is inching towards two-thirds full, and has gone from 62 per cent capacity to 65.7 during the last 30 days.
Split Rock Dam has also been creeping up in capacity, and has risen by one per cent.
Jack Frost first visited Tamworth on the morning of April 12, the same day the city's weather station broke records for the coldest April day.
The mercury dipped to a chilling -0.5 degrees early that morning, and has only dropped below freezing on one other day, later in April.
The lowest April temperature last year was 3.7 degrees.
The sunshine brought some warmth with it, and the warmest day for the month reached 28.5 degrees.
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