Large areas of NSW had a notably dry July, exacerbating the drought in some parts of the state and continuing a recent trend of sparse mid-winter rain.
Most of NSW received less than half of its average monthly rain during July.
Some areas in the far west, north and central west received less than 20 per cent of the usual rain for the month.
A persistence of westerly winds and a lack of rain-bearing systems were responsible for the dry weather.
This was the third consecutive July with below-average rain in NSW, with 2018 and 2017 both ranking among the state's 10 driest Julys on record.
Brewarrina had no rain during the month, making this its second consecutive completely dry July.
This is a remarkable feat given Brewarrina only had four Julys with no rain at all during all of the 1900s.
Glen Innes only collected 4.6mm during the month, making this their driest July in 17 years.
It was also the driest July since 2002 at Armidale, which received just 6.2mm in the city.
Canberra registered its driest July in 37 years, with the nation's capital city only receiving 5mm of rain during the month.
July 2019 continues a prolonged period of below-average rain in large swathes of NSW.
Some areas have amassed rain deficits of 200mm to 400mm during the past 12 months.