Riverina weather wrap: Rainfall and temperatures from January to June 2019

Six month weather wrap. Picture: Emma Hillier
Six month weather wrap. Picture: Emma Hillier

The Bureau of Meteorology have released their six-monthly review of the Riverina's weather patterns, with results indicating a steady start to the year's rainfall.

Eastern regions of the Riverina bordering Wagga like Cootamundra and Corowa have so far received between 200-400mm of rain, while the very eastern rim of the Riverina saw rainfall as heavy as 600mm from January to the end of June.

Travelling west, the majority of the Riverina from Wagga inland such as Hay and Naranderra was slightly drier, receiving 100-200mm in total.

The Bureau of Meteorology has shown that most of this data conforms with the average rainfall over history for this time of year, while the southern and central parts of the Riverina have seen slightly below average recordings in alignment with the state's broader drought conditions.

However, despite these recordings being below the overall average, rainfall was around 50-100mm higher in comparison to last year across parts of the eastern Riverina region.

March and May were the wettest months this year to date, each holding around 100-200mm of the total rainfall for most parts of the Riverina.

The year has also shown to be warmer across the board.

The average maximum temperature for the first six months across the Riverina was 24-27 degrees Celsius, with mercury rising slightly higher to the west at up to 30 degrees.

BoM recorded this as 'very much above average', not just for the Riverina but for most of the state.

Minimum temperatures also rose, ranging from 9-12 degrees on the eastern edge of the Riverina, and reaching as high as 15 degrees going west. These minimums are also considered to be 'very much above average'.

Looking forward, BoM have estimated the next three months to remain reasonably dry.

The Riverina on average is expected to have a 100 per cent chance of receiving at least 50mm of rain, dropping to close to 50 per cent if the region hopes to see rainfall over 150mm to align with the average.

For the remainder of winter and into spring, the region can expect average temperatures of between 4-15 degrees, shifting a degree or two higher moving west toward Hay.