Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Dry conditions spread west

Monday December 10, 2012 - 07:09 EDT

More of the western region is slipping closer to drought.

Around 47 per cent of the state is now declared 'marginal' which is an increase of about 17 per cent in the past month.

The Department of Primary Industries says conditions have worsened in the north and central west as well as the Darling and Lachlan areas.

The agricultural protection officer Simon Oliver says the hot and dry spring is affecting pastures.

"This spring's been extremely dry in a lot of areas," he said.

"Some people have been fortunate to get some decent rain through some storms events but general rain has been very low right across the area."

Mr Oliver says it is hoped there will be more rain during summer than previously expected.

"They were forecasting a hotter and drier summer period.

"It seems to have come back a bit to more average but we haven't seen anything near average at the moment, we've just had a heatwave quite early in the summer period.

"I guess we're optimistic that we get rain."


- ABC

© ABC 2012

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Dam levels across NSW continue to hold despite record dry winter

09:40 EST

Despite a record dry winter and extremely warm daytime temperatures in New South Wales over the last four months, the state's dams are still relatively full.

BOM warns record-breaking temperatures set for Queensland this week

08:11 EST

Temperatures across the state are set to climb again this week, with parts of Queensland tipped to experience more record-breaking days.

The long paddock: Young girls attend 'school of life' droving cattle during a big dry

06:45 EST

While farmers in western New South Wales are facing crop losses from a parched earth, some graziers are droving their starving cattle to greener pastures.