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Heavy rain follows dry June, but farmers miss out.

Monday July 2, 2007 - 10:13 EST
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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

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