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Wet September sees rainfall records tumble

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016 Ethan James

© AAP Image Australia has experienced its second wettest September ever with the Murray-Darling catchment breaking a 110-year rainfall record.

Statistics from the Bureau of Meteorology show last month was the wettest September on record for NSW and the Northern Territory.

Central NSW towns Forbes and Condobolin experienced prolonged flooding, which claimed the life of father-of-three Robert Linnane.

Rain over large parts of parts of inland NSW saw a state-wide average of 113.69mm, smashing the mark of 90.26mm set in 1903.

The Murray-Darling catchment also copped a drenching, averaging 99.11mm - the most since 1906.

Last month's nationwide heavy rain followed an unusually wet winter, with the May-September period Australia's rainiest on record.

It was also the second wettest September for Victoria, third wettest for Queensland and fourth wettest for South Australia.

The BOM says abnormally warm waters in the Indian Ocean between Western Australia and Indonesia significantly contributed to the high amount of rainfall.

HIGHEST RAINFALL TOTALS IN SEPTEMBER (millimetres):

Uraidla (SA) - 360.9

Bridgewater (SA) - 289.3

Hahndorf (SA) - 257.8

Cherry Gardens (SA) - 251.2

Gooloogong (NSW) - 248.5

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