Hopes for a wet spring

Dry times: Drought conditions are easing but still persist. Source: NSW DPI.
Dry times: Drought conditions are easing but still persist. Source: NSW DPI.

Much of Glen Innes Severn remains in drought, according to the latest NSW DPI Combined Drought Indicator, although the Bureau of Meteorology reports that the drought continued to weaken across large areas of the state in June.

"Despite the improvements, the situation is complex and most of the state remains in the Drought Affected category," the BOM's June seasonal update said.

"Consistent rainfall has allowed some central and southern areas to maintain strong potential for drought recovery, while recent dryness in other areas such as the north east has slowed recovery.

"Intense Drought conditions persist in parts of western, south-east and northern NSW. There has been no relief and these regions need effective rainfall to improve conditions."

The BOM said rainfall over the next three months remains crucial for extending drought recovery or to ease conditions where little or no relief has been experienced.

June rainfall was generally below the long-term monthly average across NSW. This was the case in Glen Innes although it fared better than many, with readings at the Glen Innes Ag Research Station for last month totalling 45.2mm against a long-term average of 52.2mm.

Rainfall over the next three months remains crucial for extending drought recovery or to ease conditions where little or no relief has been experienced.

Bureau of Meteorology

The BOM's seasonal outlook for the coming three months indicates a near equal to moderate chance of receiving above median rainfall across the state, although July is forecast to be drier.

Both daytime and overnight temperatures are likely to be above-average, although it mightn't have felt that way over recent days. The lowest minimum recorded so far this month was -7.3 degrees on Sunday, against a long-term average of -1.0. There's a ways to go before breaking the records, though, with a -12.8 degrees minimum recorded on July 8 2002.

On a positive note, a La Nina could be forming in Spring.

This combined with the current warming of the central and eastern Indian Ocean are associated with above to well above median rainfall across south east Australia during Spring, so fingers crossed.

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