The last of the dry years has been followed by a record-breaking rainfall for South Australia.
More than 90% of the state’s population has been able to enjoy a fresh air day, with the city of Adelaide recording its highest number of days of sunshine in more than a century.
In South Australia, the state is also expected to record a record number of rainfall records.
The state’s drought is due to the warm water in the Northern Hemisphere.
It has been in the south-west of the country for almost four decades, but the weather has been mild, with a low of 1.3C in Adelaide.
As a result, the number of dry days in South Australia has risen from about 6,000 to over 11,000.
South Australia has experienced one of the driest years on record.
The state recorded its worst drought on January 1, 2023, and it lasted until January 30, 2028.
The year before that, the rainfall was the lowest it had been since the 1930s.
But this year, the rains are forecast to be even worse.
On January 8, the South Australian government announced a drought warning for the south.
The warning said there would be severe and prolonged rainfall throughout South Australia for the next six to eight months.
The Department of Environment, Water and Planning (DENWP) said that in the past three years, more than 8,500 homes in South Adelaide have been evacuated due to severe flooding.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said the worst-case scenario was for about 500 homes to be evacuated in the state during the next few days.
“I think we’ve had two weeks of unprecedented rainfall and I think we’ll have to wait until we get some data to see how the drought affects the water supply and how the water table will change,” Weatherill told ABC Radio South Adelaide.
South Australians have been warned to be ready to go for days ahead.
South Adelaide resident Tom Smith said he and his family are prepared to stay in their home for a few more days.
He said he is going to be out for a couple of days before he gets a chance to rest and relax.
“We’ve been living in our home for two weeks and the water is starting to come down again,” he said.
“The only thing we can do is wait and see what the water level looks like before we go out.”
Weatherill said he would make sure the state was prepared for any possible weather that may arise.
“As you can see, there are a lot of people that are in the area, but they’ve been preparing their homes for the worst of it,” he told ABC Adelaide.
“If the rain is going down, we’ll be ready for that.”
The drought has already impacted on water supplies in other parts of the Australian Capital Territory.
South Melbourne has also been hit hard by the drought.
In Adelaide, water authorities have warned residents to be cautious about water usage.