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Dribs and drabs for NSW

Thomas Hough, Wednesday July 18, 2018 - 15:13 EST

After another week of little to no rainfall, inland parts of NSW could see rain moving in at the end of the week.

Although a large proportion of the state is affected by the current dry spell, the most significant deficiencies are in the far west and northwest.

As of June this year substantial areas of Upper and Lower Western were classified as experiencing severe rainfall deficiency, with some areas in the far west at their lowest on Record

In the year to date parts of the Upper and Lower Western and Central West Slopes and Plains have received less than 20% of their average rainfall, with large parts of Riverina and North West Slopes and Plains not faring much better at less than 40%.

Rainfall over the last week has had little to no impact on these deficiencies at all with dry conditions continuing over most of NSW.

A frontal system due to move across the state late on Thursday into Friday should deliver some much needed rain, however at only around 1-5mm it is unlikely to have a huge impact on the current deficiencies.

Whilst the system does look to bring some rainfall, the far northwest of the state looks to remain without, with only a millimeter or so forecast for parts of Upper Western.

A second system moving across the south of the state early next week should top up falls across southern parts of Lower Western, Riverina and Southwest Slopes and Plain, with another 1-5mm forecast.

Looking further ahead the outlook remains grim, with below average rainfall expected into August and the chance of an El Niño looming.

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