Chilly winds set to rip through the region

By Country News on July 18, 2017
  • Chilly winds set to rip through the region

    The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a moderate warning for sheep graziers in Northern Country about the potential risk of losing lambs and sheep.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a moderate warning for sheep graziers in Northern Country about the potential risk of losing lambs and sheep because of adverse weather conditions today.

A combination of low temperatures, northwesterly winds up to 25km an hour expected along with rainfall pose a threat to lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

Bureau senior forecaster Stephen King said the temperatures this week were about average for this time in winter, but the northwesterly wind would knock a few degrees off the recorded temperature.

‘‘It will be 12°C today, but it will feel more like 10°C,’’ he said.

‘‘The cause of the conditions is a lower pressure system west of Tasmania that is directing northwesterly winds across Victoria.

‘‘It will move to the east after today and the area will soon experience southwesterly winds.’’

Tomorrow will have minimum of 4°C and a maximum of 14°C, while Thursday will bring a cooler 2°C start, with a high of 13°C.

Farmers will welcome the rainfall early this week with 5mm expected to fall today, but Mr King said the rest of July would most likely remain quite dry.

‘‘We are expecting quite a few showers on today and clearing showers on Wednesday, but most of the rainfall will be falling over the ranges,’’ Mr King said.

Mr King said it was likely there could be a frost warning for Friday with a chilly -1°C forecast to start the day.

The forecaster said temperatures were going to start to get warmer in August as we move past the halfway point of winter.

-Declan Martin

By Country News on July 18, 2017

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