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Balmy winter

Tuesday, 4th August, 2009

As Broken Hill winters go, July was a gentle one.

Residents enjoyed more rainfall and higher than normal day and evening temperatures last month.

But while the above average temperatures are expected to continue, the rain is not.

The average maximum experienced last month was 15.9 degrees Celsius - or less than one degree more than the historical average of 15.1.

The difference in night time temperatures was even greater. The average minimum in the city last month was 7 degrees, almost balmy compared to the average of 5.3.

Broken Hill also recorded more rain than it usually receives in June. Just over 21mm fell on the city compared to the average of 18.9mm.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said yesterday that cloud cover was behind the warmer than normal nights.

But he added it was quite normal to experience temperatures that were above the average.

According to the BOM, the relatively warm weather being experienced around NSW and most of the country is set to continue.

There is a 65 per cent or better chance that NSW will exceed the long-term median maximum temperature in August through to October.

However, the outlook for high-than-normal rainfall for the next three months isn't so positive.

The BOM said the chances of far western NSW receiving above average falls was less than 40 per cent.

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