Dry June de­spite rain­fall

Albany Extra - - News - Shan­non Smith

Af­ter a drier-than-av­er­age au­tumn, Al­bany is headed for one of its dri­est Junes in re­cent years.

De­spite rain­fall yes­ter­day, Al­bany’s June to­tal is just 46.4mm, well be­low the long-term June av­er­age of 108mm.

It comes af­ter au­tumn de­liv­ered just 74.6mm of rain, de­spite an av­er­age of 184.7mm over the three months.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy outlook sug­gests a front early next week will bring roughly 50mm of rain to Al­bany, which is more than the June to­tal.

The av­er­age rain­fall is 119.3mm for July, and 106mm for Au­gust.

BOM’s Glenn Cook said there was a slightly above-50 per cent chance the next cou­ple of months would ex­pe­ri­ence con­tin­ued be­low-av­er­age rain­fall.

“What we have seen is the cold fronts that bring the rain­fall have been strong west­erly events and im­pact­ing on the west coast,” he said.

“With west or north-west­erly winds in Al­bany, you tend not to get too much rain, whereas southerly winds will bring the rain.

“The outlook is ten­ta­tively sug­gest­ing that those sort of con­di­tions will con­tinue.”

Light show­ers will con­tinue for the end of the month, but Mr Cook said some re­lief might come for farm­ers, with a strong front cross­ing next week.

“There is a strong front com­ing up early next week,” he said.

“The BOM rain­fall outlook prod­uct is sug­gest­ing some­thing like 50mm or so for Al­bany by Wed­nes­day next week.

“It will prob­a­bly be be­tween Mon­day and Wed­nes­day, so if that oc­curs, we will have seen as much rain in those cou­ple of days as we have seen for the whole of June.”

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