BATHURST residents have just endured the fourth hottest and driest November on record.
The region failed to achieve the month's long-term average of 61.2 millimetres of rain, with Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard saying that only between one-quarter and one-third was recorded.
At Bathurst Agricultural Research Station there was 21.8mm recorded, while the figure was 16.4mm at Bathurst Airport.
It continued the run of dry conditions seen throughout spring, where well below the average rainfall was achieved.
Mr Pippard said there was 83mm recorded during September, October and November, which is only about half of the long-term average for the season.
On top of the lack of rainfall, both Bathurst's maximum and minimum temperatures were higher than usual during November.
"It was cool at the start of the month, but then it got warmer at the end of the month," Mr Pippard said.
The average minimum temperature was 9.5 degrees, up by less than one degree, while the average maximum temperature was 26.8 degrees.
This was 3.4 degrees hotter than the long-term average maximum temperature, making it the fourth hottest November on record.
The hottest was in 2006, followed by 2014 and 2002.
Bathurst residents can expect the hot and dry weather trends to continue throughout December.
Mr Pippard said there is a "very high chance" of above average minimum and maximum temperatures, while rainfall will be fleeting.
"Unfortunately, for December, it looks like rainfall is going to be below average across the Bathurst region," he said.
"Rainfall is typically highest in summer, it is the wettest season for Bathurst when you get storms, but it will be a bit less [than normal]."
The chance of reaching long-term average rainfall figures is likely to increase as summer wears on, in response to when moisture moves across the country.