WA farmers soak up a wet September

29 Sep, 2008 10:09 AM

Some WA farmers can breathe a sigh of relief. September brought with it more rain than some regions have seen in more than 100 years after the driest August on record.

Rainfall records tumbled across the state with Northam experiencing the wettest September in over 100 years measuring 34mm of rain on Thursday, nearly double the September average.

Hyden in the Great Southern had their heaviest fall in at least 78 years with 32mm and Gingin near the coast had their wettest day in seven years measuring 55mm.

August was the driest month since records began in 1900 for the large areas of the Central West, Southwest and Great Southern with other areas experiencing lower than average rainfall, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Weatherzone's Tom Saunders said the deluge on Thursday and Friday has ensured that most of the state's agricultural areas have received near to above average rainfall for September.

"The rain has also plunged temperatures to only the low teens near the south coast on Friday, as much as nine below average," Mr Saunders said.


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