The temperature tipped over the 40 degree mark just after 2pm on Friday but a light breeze appeared to temper the heat. St Mary’s Catholic School and Wellington High School played a touch football match for the Don Green Cup in 38 degree temperatures and the students used water spray to cool down in hot weather. Eathan Styles and Tom Douglas with some help from MacKenzie Whiteley (pictured) made sure they were refreshed for the heat of battle.
The Wellington Olympic pool was kept busy over Thursday and Friday with a number of families heading there to escape the heat.The Rural Fire service reported no fires.
Most of the state’s primary producers have received a welcome relief from the dry conditions, however a more neutral rainfall outlook is forecast for the coming summer months.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Seasonal Conditions Coordinator Ian McGowen said during October above average rainfall was restricted to isolated areas of the state. “Rainfall was below average across nearly 50 per cent of the state, while areas including most of the coast, central west, and parts of the north-west and west received average rainfall.
“Relative to historical records, pasture growth was below average across most of inland NSW and generally average along the coast. “At the end of October through the first week of November, significant storm rainfall occurred across much of the state, with most of the state receiving more than 15mm and many areas up to 100mm.” DPI Technical Specialist Grain Services, Peter Matthews said the storm events caused damage to some mature cereal crops and had delayed harvest. “The intense rainfall and strong winds caused winter crops to lodge and has put grain at risk of being downgraded,” Mr Matthews said.
“In the western areas of the cropping belt, particularly in the north west, much of the canola, faba beans and barley had already been harvested before the rainfall, but the wheat harvest was still underway. “The rainfall has benefited the growth of summer-growing pastures in the north and west, and perennial pastures across the slopes, tablelands and coast. “Now the return to dry and warm conditions across the cropping area is welcomed to aid in preventing further crop damage and losses in the quality of cut hay, and allow harvest to continue.”
The Bureau of Meteorology’s seasonal outlook for November to January indicates a near-neutral rainfall outlook for much of NSW. This means there is a near- equal chance of drier or wetter than normal conditions occurring. However, warmer than normal temperatures are likely across most of NSW. Mr McGowen said the effects of an El Niño event on rainfall over NSW tend to decrease during summer, but temperatures are likely to be higher than normal. “Initially, it looked possible that the El Niño would end and be followed by a La Niña event next year. However, a return to neutral conditions now appears more likely,” Mr McGowen said. Primary producers are encouraged to plan ahead for dry conditions, to ensure they are in a better position to manage the impacts. Information for drought preparedness, including the DPI Seasonal Conditions Report is available on the DPI website http://梧桐夜网dpi.nsw.gov419论坛/agriculture/emergency/seasonal-conditions
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