Inverell set to exceed average rainfall for October this week

Control burn: Deepwater Rural Fire Service made use of the weather conditions to conduct hazard reduction burns alongside the small township. Photo: Heidi Gibson
Control burn: Deepwater Rural Fire Service made use of the weather conditions to conduct hazard reduction burns alongside the small township. Photo: Heidi Gibson

Inverell will record above average rainfall this month as a long dry winter is broken by showers set to continue throughout the week. 

The first nine days of October has seen the town’s rainfall already reach 66.4mm – just a tiny fraction shy of the 66.5 mm monthly average. 

“Wednesday and Thursday are likely to bring at least another 10mm of rain,” a Bureau of Meterology spokesperson said. 

It is a marked contrast to the last three months where September recorded only 6.4mm of its 52.4 monthly average; August reached only 8.4mm of its usual 35.9mm; and July recorded only 17.8 of its 42.1mm average. 

According to the weather bureau, a high pressure system that had been sitting over northern NSW had broken up allowing the rain fronts to come through. 

Northern Tablelands Rural Fire Service Superintendent Chris Wallbridge said the area’s moisture levels were “a lot better than a week ago”.

“That will reduce the [fire] risk for a while but the hot dry conditions will come back again,” he said. 

Superintendent Wallbridge noted that permits are still required for all fires except those used for cooking.