Nearing record rainfall for June

The first months of Winter 2017 have seen a record dry spell with freezing overnight conditions.

After near record breaking rain in June and July 2016 the district is currently in the grip of a dry spell.

In June last year the district was inundated with rain which resulted in flooding later in the year as Wyangala Dam filled to capacity.

Accoridng to the Bureau of Meteorology 117.4mm was recorded in June 2016.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a continuation of the dry conditions already experienced this winter.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a continuation of the dry conditions already experienced this winter.

While short of the 2013 record which stands at 127.8mm, it combined with a further 64.4mm in July saw many areas of the district waterlogged.

In comparison just 2.2mm of rain fell in Forbes for all of June and July still hasn’t seen any significant falls, with only showers falling last Friday.

It has also been contrasting story with temperatures this winter.

In June last year the lowest overnight temperature recorded in Forbes was minus 1.3 whereas this June the mercury fell to a low of minus 3.1 degrees.

Daytime temperatures haven’t been as cool as many would believe this year with the lowest maximum daytime temperature this June being 11.7 degrees and the highest 19.8 degrees compared to readings of just 6.8 and 18.4 in June, 2016.

Forbes experienced another cold snap on the weekend but with the temperature plummeting to minus 3.

Temperatures will warm a little in the early part of this week but Forbes residents should rug up again on Wednesday evening with an overnight low of minus 2 expected on Thursday and again on Friday morning.

According to weather forecast website weatherzone showers are forecast on Wednesday before a dry remainder of the week with clear skies expected to result in heavy frosts.

Despite the lack of rain WaterNSW is preparing for an 80 per cent likelihood of Wyangala Dam reaching 100 per cent capacity by the end of winter.

Wyangala Dam is currently at 88% of capacity and the secondary Lachlan storages downstream of Forbes at Lake Cargelligo and Lake Brewster are at 120% and 78% respectively,” WaterNSW announced earlier this month.