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Dry spell continues across most of the country

Bob Neil, Sunday September 10, 2017 - 15:54 EST

Earlier this year, parts of Western Australia were in for a soaking, with some locations such as Port Hedland and Broome receiving an amount equal to their yearly average over the January and February period (nearly 500mm). Unfortunately their luck seems to have run out, with what appears to be a particularly rain-free dry season. The last time Broome saw rain that was greater than 1mm was 5 months ago in mid April, a period in which 60mm is the average total that falls.

This story is consistent across most of Western Australia with the Bureau of Meteorology's rainfall decile chart over the last 3 months classifying over half of WA as being below average and large parts of the Gascoyne coast being close to their lowest on record.

Looking at the chart, one can see that this is very similar to the Eastern states, with the majority of the Murray Darling Basin being classified as very much below average. Many locations throughout NSW have had to suffer through weeks of no to little rain, resulting in many places such as Griffith (166mm) and Broken Hill (58mm) having only half of what they would usually expect to have by this time (297mm and 192mm respectively).

- Weatherzone

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