THE Wimmera has welcomed the rain after experiencing the driest September on record.
The Bureau of Meteorology figures recorded that Horsham received 8.2mm, Stawell 5.4mm, Ararat 5mm, Natimuk 11.6mm, Nhill 14.8mm, Warracknabeal 9.2mm and Longerenong 11.6mm.
So far, Edenhope has received the highest rainfall, 17.88mm.
The excitement, however, will be short-lived with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting a return of dry conditions.
Bureau of Meteorology’s senior forecaster Dean Stewart said the rainfall will continue throughout the day, but he expects the weather to subside by tomorrow morning.
“There will be some shower activity over the Mallee region tomorrow, but we will see a return of dry, windy conditions over the next few days,” he said.
Natimuk farmer Michael Sudholz said the rain has come a bit late, but it was “better late than never.”
“We were hoping for a good rain at the end of September, but we didn’t get that and it was looking a bit doom and gloom,” he said.
“This rain will save more than 60 per cent of our crops. Another five days of that dry weather and it could have been all over.”
Goroke farmer Andrew Robertson said the area has received about 26mm of rain so far. He said the wet weather will have a wonderful affect on his crops.
“We have been lucky to have receive more rain than other areas this year and this rain will have a wonderful affect,” he said. “We had a little bit of frost damage, but its looking positive for harvest.”
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