Hunter region experiences wettest November on record

NOVEMBER proved to be the Hunter's wettest on record, as parts of the region experienced heavy rain for most of the month.

It was enough to tip the gauges at Nobbys Head, Williamtown and Lake Macquarie to historical rainfall highs.

Williamtown broke its 241.4-millimetre record set in 1998, with 245mm recorded over the 30 days.

Lake Macquarie copped 260mm - an increase of 16mm on the city's 2010 record.

November 18 was the Hunter's single wettest day, as 124mm fell at Nobbys Head and flooded areas such as Carrington.

These wet conditions were in contrast to a dry start to spring that saw fires threaten large parts of Lake Macquarie and the Hunter.

Weatherwatch meteorologist Anthony Cornelius said this was a common weather pattern for spring.

"You have to keep in mind that September and October are traditionally dry, windy months dominated by westerly patterns," he said.

"In 2013 these have been broken down by a southerly and allowed for a lot more moisture to come through," he said.

Rain is expected to subside during summer as slightly above-average temperatures set in.

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