Hopeful outlook to soothe dry Dubbo

A COOLER weekend is on the way and perhaps a little rain to ease fried tempers in dry-to-the-bone Dubbo.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast maximum temperatures for tomorrow and Sunday of 35 and 32 degrees Celsius, contrast with the 45 and 42.5 degrees felt the previous weekend.

Yesterday's seven-day forecast for Dubbo from the bureau suggests that the small reprieve from the heat will extend into Monday when 33 degrees is predicted.

But Dubbo will bake on Tuesday and Wednesday when 36 degrees is on the cards.

It faces the same fate today as the daytime temperature climbs to a predicted 41 degrees.

Rain may blunt the impact of heat on the cityscape with green patches, thanks to water churning out of the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant.

Today there is a 60 per cent chance of up to five millimetres falling in a predicted late storm.

The bureau is suggesting the possibility of showers every day from tomorrow through to Wednesday.

Tomorrow has an 80 per cent chance of delivering up to five millimetres.

Dubbo's got a 90 per cent chance of rain on Sunday, 60 per cent chance on Monday and 70 per cent chance on Tuesday of receiving five to 10 millimetres.

On Wednesday there is an 80 per cent chance of up to five millimetres being collected at the bureau's weather station at Dubbo airport.

Yesterday morning not a drop had been officially recorded for January 2013.

Average rainfall for Dubbo during the first month of the year is 52.4 millimetres. The average maximum and minimum temperatures for the month of January are 33.2 and 18.1 degrees. Comparative figures for this month were 38.3 and 19.2 degrees yesterday.

The highest maximum temperature for this month as of yesterday was 45 degrees on Saturday and the highest minimum 24.2 degrees on Sunday.

Up until Saturday the highest temperature recorded by the bureau in Dubbo since 1993 was 44.5 degrees on February 15, 2004.

Likewise, the highest temperature in the month of January in the same period was 42.9 degrees on January 15, 2001.

Dubbo City Council reports that between January 10 and 16 water consumption per person in Dubbo has fluctuated between 996 and 1262 litres.

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