Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Heavy rain follows dry June, but farmers miss out.

Monday July 2, 2007 - 10:13 EST
ABC image
Heavy rain falls in Perth following third driest June on record, but rain falls to reach farmers. - ABC

Drought stricken farmers in the northern and eastern Wheatbelt have again missed out on much-needed rain.

The Weather Bureau says most of the South West land division recorded up to 20 millimetres while Perth had 26.

But Duty forecaster Mark Paul says falls were much lower in the north.

"As you head into the Western Wheatbelt they were around about that 10 to 15 mil mark with Katanning around about 16, further north up around Moora they were a little bit lower around that 5 mil mark and as you headed east they were also around that 5 mil mark," he said.

Mr Paul says last night's cold front lost much of its strength on the coast.

"As it headed inland and northwards it pretty much decayed and only fairly light falls fell through those areas"

Mr Paul says there is some hope for more rain later this week.

Perth's wet start to July came after the city's third driest June on record.

Perth received 60 millimetres of rain over 11 days last month compared to the average of 178 millimetres over 16 days.






- ABC

© ABC 2007

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Dairy farmers keeping stock out of floods around the Shoalhaven on South Coast of New South Wales

10:28 EST

Flooded dairy farmers at Berry on the New South Wales south coast are struggling to keep their cows dry and fed in the downpour.

Gippsland's coldest winter in 26 years plays havoc with vegetable crops

09:16 EST

Victoria's Gippsland has experienced its coldest winter in 26 years, playing havoc with horticultural crops.

Sydney's long spell of surf

13:50 EST

Sydney-siders have been spoilt for choice in the surf department over the past few days.