While the rest of the country sweltered through three heatwaves, the Illawarra has experienced a cooler, drier January than average.
The Bellambi Point and Albion Park weather stations recorded below average rainfall and daily temperatures.
Bellambi Point recorded an average temperature of 24 degrees, slightly lower than the month’s historical average of 25 degrees.
January 2 was the hottest day with a maximum of 33.5 degrees.
Weatherzone meteorologist Kim Westcott said NSW had been dominated by large high pressure systems during the month.
‘‘These systems have brought clear, sunny skies,’’ she said.
Rainfall was much lower than the previous January with 57.8 millimetres recorded at Bellambi Point, down from 241 millimetres in 2013.
Albion Park recorded 42.4 millimetres last month compared to the January average of 70.5 millimetres.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast average conditions for the Illawarra for February, March and April.