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Australia: NSW’s record-breaking May continues

A number of centres in NSW are on track to break previous record spells of warm weather for May, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The longest consecutive spells of warmer than average temperatures have been recorded in Scone, Quirindi, Deniliquin, Balranald, Wilcannia and Narrandera.

Ivanhoe is also on that list, and at Kilfera Station, Clive Linnett says it has been warm, but they have been lucky and picked up more rain than most.

They were just about to sell off some cattle when the rains came in February and he says he is well set up in terms of feed heading into winter.

But others are not so lucky. Further south and north, many missed out on the rain and the high temperatures means that the dams are drying out.

In the Central West, some decent rainfall this week has come with a welcome cool change in the weather.

The rain didn’t fall everywhere though, official rain measurements from the Bureau show falls of just one millimetre at Nyngan and two millimetres at Coonabarabran, right up to 51 milimetres at Goulburn on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In the Central West, falls between 12 and 33 millimetres have arrived at the right time for graziers and crop farmers. 

Stuart McDonald, from Canowindra, is a happy farmer and says had 26 millimetres and this came on top of rain in March, but they were very glad to get the follow-up. 

“It has revitalised the pasture and the crops are all in the ground for the winter program and they are growing very fast because of the unusually warm weather.”

– Weatherwatch/ABC


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