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Rainy days predicted for drought-stricken region this week

Rainy days predicted for drought-stricken region this week

  • Oberon. Picture: BRAYDEN GILMORE

  • Picture: SALLY RYAN

    Picture: SALLY RYAN

  • Coonabarbran: Photo: PETER SMALL

    Coonabarbran: Photo: PETER SMALL

  • Picture: JANE WATKIN

    Picture: JANE WATKIN

  • Picture: ANDREW 'PONY' MUNRO

    Picture: ANDREW 'PONY' MUNRO

  • Picture: CLARE KESBY

    Picture: CLARE KESBY

  • Picture: NICK ANGANOSTAR

    Picture: NICK ANGANOSTAR

  • PICTURE: TRACEY CAREY

    PICTURE: TRACEY CAREY

  • YEOVAL: John, Brooke, Chris, Thomas and Jack Haycock on their farm, which has been in their family for six generations

    YEOVAL: John, Brooke, Chris, Thomas and Jack Haycock on their farm, which has been in their family for six generations

RAINFALL might have been well below average across the region in September, but decent rains are expected for the rest of the working week.

Australia recorded its driest September on record, with many locations across the Central West following that trend.

Nyngan recorded by far the lowest rainfall during the month with just 1.8 millimetres recorded, which was well below the long-term average of 27.9mm.

Dubbo and Forbes were also extremely dry with just 6.8mm and 6.4mm of rain respectively, compared to long-term average of 44.3mm and 42mm.

While no locations in the region reached the long-term average, Lithgow came closest with 55.3mm recorded in a month that usually receives 58.9mm.

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However, October is predicted to get off to a soggy start with rain expected from Wednesday to Friday right across the region.

Weatherzone meteorologist Jacob Cronje said Forbes, Parkes, Cowra and Orange should receive the most rain in the region.

“They could receive up to 60mm, but thats an optimistic outlook, its safe to say 20-40mm,” he said.

“From Cobar east are the best falls of around 5-15mm. Everywhere should see something.”

Weatherzone data predicts up to 60mm of rain could be received in Lithgow from Wednesday to Friday, with up to 45mm expected in Wellington and 40mm in Nyngan.

While up to 35mm of rain could be received in Bathurst, Dubbo and Oberon, with 30mm predicted in Mudgee and Young.

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