Rain brings light relief

DECENT rain across the Gloucester district has relieved pressure on rivers, dams and tanks, but the threat of drought still lingers.

Gloucester has been suffering through its driest summer on record with barely an inch of rain falling in the first two months of summer. 

Falls exceeding 40mm across the district over the weekend relieved the pressure on landholders, but more is needed.

Careys Peak experienced some of the heaviest falls in the district, receiving 71.6mm of rain since Friday, with Upper Bowman (55.2mm), Waukivory (48.2mm) and Craven (49mm) all getting good soakings. 

As of yesterday, Gloucester Post Office had recorded 44.2mm of rain for the town since Friday - most of that falling during a downpour on Sunday afternoon.

So far during February Gloucester has received 47.4mm of rain, already more than the combined December-January total of 29.8mm.

The forecast is for showers to continue into the weekend with the heaviest falls predicted today and Sunday.

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