Wetter months ahead: BoM

The dry weather continued in September with many areas recording little to no rain.

Nyngan, Forbes, Mudgee, Young, Lithgow and Dubbo all recorded under 10 millimetres of rain.

The highest recording of rainfall in the central west during September was Oberon with a measly 27.2 mm of rain, followed by Orange with 22.2mm and 16mm in Bathurst.

The Bureau of Meterology’s outlook states chances of a wetter or drier October to December for Australia are roughly equal.

Dry month: The amount of rain during the month of September 2017, recorded in towns across central and western NSW. Photo: Fairfax Media.

Dry month: The amount of rain during the month of September 2017, recorded in towns across central and western NSW. Photo: Fairfax Media.

The BoM say cooler nights are likely for western NSW in October.

The outlook says while the overall three-monthly signal is neutral, October is likely to be wetter than average for central and eastern mainland Australia, and drier for western WA.

This wet signal is likely to be driven by more localised weather events.

Climate influences from the Indian and Pacific oceans are likely to be competing, with a slightly drying influence in the Indian Ocean likely cancelling out a slightly wetter influence from the Pacific Ocean.

Historical outlook accuracy for October to December is moderate for most of Australia, but low in parts of the southern mainland, southern Queensland and parts of the tropical north.