Hot and dry conditions are closing in on Dubbo area

DRY AS A CHIP: A site that is usually a dam on the Goodman family property near Brocklehurst. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
DRY AS A CHIP: A site that is usually a dam on the Goodman family property near Brocklehurst. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

It’s green throughout the Hunter Valley, and the area around Mudgee is still drying out after a substantial soaking a fortnight ago.

But for the Dubbo region and areas further west, we're still waiting for that good soaking rain to change our landscape.

The problems confronting western communities such as Bourke are well known, with calls being made to authorise additional releases of water to help those regions.

But, unless a decent drop arrives soon, we may not need to look much further than our own backyard for a visual indication of how dry it is.

The attached photo was taken at Garry and Claudia Goodman’s property at Brocklehurst on the weekend.

In good times, you wouldn’t drive a golf cart to that particular location. The dam would be full.

Unfortunately for the Goodmans, and other landholders in the area, there doesn’t appear to be a lot to look forward to in the short of medium term.

Temperatures in Dubbo are about to soar again this week, despite the fact we are now into the second week of autumn.

The mercury will hover in the low-to-mid 30s for the first part of the week, before hitting 37 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday.

And added to that, on each one of those days the forecast suggests little-to-no chance of any rain.