Hottest ever September in NSWMichael Condon, Tuesday October 1, 2013 - 15:17 EST
New South Wales has just notched up its hottest September on record.
And the records were not just broken but in some cases smashed, according to Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Aaron Coutts-Smith.
"A number of very reliable old weather recording stations that have been there a long time, over 100 years, had their records broken for September."
Not only was it hot, but it was also dry with many rainfall figures, in a number of centres, also below average.
Climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology Aaron Coutts Smith says it was particularly dry in the north west of the state and overall the rainfall was down across the state by an average of 2 millimetres.
It was also the hottest ever September by a big margin, up an average of 4 degrees on normal temperatures.
But, it is not all doom and gloom though, Aaron Coutts-Smith says the variable conditions mean that many farmers are having a good season with the hot weather assisting crops to grow and if the rain has fallen, like in parts of the Riverina and the Central West, then the season is looking good.
On the Bushfire front RFS Assistant Commissioner Rob Rogers says this season is once again shaping up to be a challenging one with the hot and dry lead in to the early summer.
Already they have had to fight a number of large fires, he says and there is likely to be little respite for the summer ahead.
He says landholders in rural areas are generally pretty good at assessing the risk to their land or property but he says once again this will be a year when everyone will need to be vigilant.
"If landholders are uncertain about what is the best strategy to take or want advice on any clearing or back-burning, they can always ask their local RFS crews to give them a hand or some advice".
© ABC 2013
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