Wet winter weather likely to continue over coming months

The drought-affected north-western town of Walgett received 21.4mm, while Bourke completely missed out on any substantial rain over the weekend. Photo: Shutterstock
The drought-affected north-western town of Walgett received 21.4mm, while Bourke completely missed out on any substantial rain over the weekend. Photo: Shutterstock

It was a wet weekend for most parts of the western NSW region over the weekend, with some towns recording over 20 millimetres of rain in one day.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Wellington received 22mm of rain on July 26, while the Dubbo Airport recorded 17.6mm.

At Forbes, 15.8mm was recorded at the local airport and in Parkes a total of 22.8mm of rain fell on the Sunday.

The drought-affected north-western town of Walgett received 21.4mm, while Bourke completely missed out on any substantial rain over the weekend.

BoM's climate outlook for the August to October period is likely to be wetter than average over most of Australia.

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Senior climatologist at the BoM, Dr Bettio said despite the dry June, overall they are seeing wetter than avergae conditions across some parts of the country.

"With the wetter July we're hoping that this will continue," she said.

"We are seeing that increased chance of above average rainfall across much of Australia, especially in the east.... we're really hoping for that rainfall to continue that recovery from those dry, drought conditions that we saw last year."

Senior hydrologist Dr Robert Pipunic said the soil moisture map for June indicates the south-east corner of Australia, including in NSW, was still relatively wet with average to above-average conditions.