PHOTOS: One of our wettest months on record

While the sun came out for the last day of the month, the rest of March will go down as one of the Illawarra’s wettest on record. 

A thunderstorm rolls past Thirroul Beach on Monday afternoon. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

A thunderstorm rolls past Thirroul Beach on Monday afternoon. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Early morning walkers look at road damage on Benelong St, Bulli, after flooding on March 24. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Early morning walkers look at road damage on Benelong St, Bulli, after flooding on March 24. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Two girls look at the damage of the flood waters on the beach between Sandon Point and Bulli Beach. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Two girls look at the damage of the flood waters on the beach between Sandon Point and Bulli Beach. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Heathcote MP Lee Evans, school principal Lou Tome and Minister for the Illawarra  John Ajaka at the scene of the flooding at Bulli High School. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Heathcote MP Lee Evans, school principal Lou Tome and Minister for the Illawarra John Ajaka at the scene of the flooding at Bulli High School. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

A storm brews over Wollongong City Beach on March 7. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

A storm brews over Wollongong City Beach on March 7. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Lachlan Wells leaves Wollongong City Beach as a storm approaches on March 7. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

Lachlan Wells leaves Wollongong City Beach as a storm approaches on March 7. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

A motorcyclist rides through a hail storm in the Southern Highlands on March 7. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A motorcyclist rides through a hail storm in the Southern Highlands on March 7. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Barry Basham looks over the scene where water came through his garage from a creek along his property. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Barry Basham looks over the scene where water came through his garage from a creek along his property. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A man takes a photo of the flooded Illawarra Highway at Albion Park. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A man takes a photo of the flooded Illawarra Highway at Albion Park. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A four-wheel drive travels through water on the Illawarra Highway at Albion Park. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A four-wheel drive travels through water on the Illawarra Highway at Albion Park. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A surfer walks along the beach at North Wollongong. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A surfer walks along the beach at North Wollongong. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Walkers negotiate debris on the beach at North Wollongong. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Walkers negotiate debris on the beach at North Wollongong. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A couple look over the flooded entrance to Port Kembla Golf Club. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

A couple look over the flooded entrance to Port Kembla Golf Club. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Tourists aren't fazed by the rain at Wollongong Lighthouse on March 24. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

Tourists aren't fazed by the rain at Wollongong Lighthouse on March 24. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

John McCormack enjoys a morning swim at Austinmer on March 21. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

John McCormack enjoys a morning swim at Austinmer on March 21. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Storm damage between Sandon Point and Bulli Beach on March 25. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Storm damage between Sandon Point and Bulli Beach on March 25. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Emergency workers look at flooded areas of Bulli High School on March 25. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Emergency workers look at flooded areas of Bulli High School on March 25. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Sisters Renee and Jessica Pyers walk along Benelong St, Bulli, on March 25. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Sisters Renee and Jessica Pyers walk along Benelong St, Bulli, on March 25. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A Bulli High staff member photographs the storm damage on March 25. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A Bulli High staff member photographs the storm damage on March 25. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Bulli High School staff walk around the flooded school. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Bulli High School staff walk around the flooded school. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Matthew and Maree Becker with their pet dogs Cana and Mello in their flooded home in Benelong st, Bulli. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Matthew and Maree Becker with their pet dogs Cana and Mello in their flooded home in Benelong st, Bulli. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Terje and Cathy Andreassen's home in Black Diamond Place was affected by a blocked culvert. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Terje and Cathy Andreassen's home in Black Diamond Place was affected by a blocked culvert. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Chris Van Krevel on the pool edge at Austinmer Beach on March 21. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Chris Van Krevel on the pool edge at Austinmer Beach on March 21. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

John Pink rides through the rain with the help of an umbrella. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

John Pink rides through the rain with the help of an umbrella. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Muddy water from Hewitts Creek empties into McCauleys Beach at Thirroul on March 26. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Muddy water from Hewitts Creek empties into McCauleys Beach at Thirroul on March 26. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A girl walks along Austinmer Beach as storm clouds come over. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A girl walks along Austinmer Beach as storm clouds come over. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Students from Bulli High School make use of their free time playing in the flooded Bulli Park on March 27. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Students from Bulli High School make use of their free time playing in the flooded Bulli Park on March 27. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Man's best friend fetches a ball as a couple walk along MM Beach at Port Kembla on Monday. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Man's best friend fetches a ball as a couple walk along MM Beach at Port Kembla on Monday. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

The sun shines over Belmore Basin on March 30. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

The sun shines over Belmore Basin on March 30. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

The sun shines over Belmore Basin on March 30. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

The sun shines over Belmore Basin on March 30. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

A car gets stuck in rising flood waters at Windang on March 24. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

A car gets stuck in rising flood waters at Windang on March 24. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

A runner takes to Thirroul Beach on March 7 as storm clouds roll in. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

A runner takes to Thirroul Beach on March 7 as storm clouds roll in. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The Bureau of Meteorology’s weather station at Illawarra Regional Airport in Albion Park recorded 342.2 millimetres of rain for the month – down on its highest March rainfall of 422.2mm recorded in 2011, but well up on the long-term mean of 118.2mm.

Kiama recorded 306.2mm in March, the highest amount recorded since the bureau’s weather station was moved to its current Bombo Headland location in 2002, and close to double Kiama’s mean over that period of 165.1mm.

The weather station at Bellambi recorded 290.4mm, a record for March for that location and well above the long-term mean of 106.6mm.

The wet weather isn’t over yet, with showers and possible storms forecast for later this week.

A surfer makes the most of a rare sunny day off Towradgi Beach on Monday. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

A surfer makes the most of a rare sunny day off Towradgi Beach on Monday. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR