Bureau of Meteorology predicts drier May, June and July

3 May 2017

JAMES WAGSTAFF, The Weekly Times
May 3, 2017 12:00am
SOUTHEAST Australia is in for three months of below-average rain following one of the best autumn breaks in years.

That’s according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook, which points to a greater than 75 per cent chance of a drier-than-average May, June and July for Victoria and southern NSW.

The outlook follows a record wettest April in parts of Victoria, with farmers across many of the state’s key grain-growing regions welcoming a dream start to the winter cropping season.

The rain in some areas has caused problems for farmers trying to get machinery on their paddocks to sow their crops.

According to BOM figures, most parts of Victoria recorded well-above average rain during April, with some centres receiving their biggest falls in more than a century. Echuca recorded 136.2mm, more than four times its monthly average of 32.3mm, for its wettest April on record. It eclipsed the town’s previous best of 133.1mm recorded in 1929.

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