After single figure rainfall totals in June across northern Victoria and the southern Riverina, July’s rainfall has been much closer to average records.
Echuca recorded 44.8mm, which was 3.7mm greater than its July average, while Tocumwal also recorded higher figures (49mm) than the long-term average of 42.1mm.
Shepparton recorded its July average of 42.8mm and Mangalore’s totals reached 57.9mm, 0.9mm greater than the July average.
While rainfall was on or above average for those towns, Deniliquin, Kyabram and Benalla had less rain than their July averages.
Deniliquin recorded 19mm, 10.2mm less than its long-term July average, while Kyabram (38.4mm) and Benalla (67.2mm) recorded just below their averages for July of 43.4mm and 72mm respectively.
Despite more rain falling in July, the Bureau of Meteorology said so far Victoria had experienced its second-driest winter on record.
‘‘It was the driest June on record for Victoria. July was not quite as dry as June was, rainfall was closer to normal,’’ the bureau’s senior climatologist Blair Trewin said.
‘‘But June/July together still come in as the second driest on record for Victoria.’’
The dry weather was driven by an exceptionally strong high pressure ridge right across southern Australia.
‘‘Normally by June, that high pressure has moved a bit further north and Victoria’s influenced by the westerlies which bring regular fronts and regular rain,’’ Dr Trewin said.
Below average rainfall is expected to continue over the coming months, particularly in northern Victoria.