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Wednesday, 21st December, 2011

We can expect a warm, dry Christmas this year despite the heavy downpour last weekend.

Weather Channel presenter Ken Heatley predicted a 38 degree day, mostly sunny with light winds.

“On Boxing day you may get an early morning shower but it will still reach 35 degrees,” he said.

The weather was expected to remain dry and hot until the middle of next week, MR Heatley said.

In Sunday’s downpour 25.4 millimetres fell on the city, Tibooburra received 28.6mm and Wilcannia 18. Menindee got 6.8mm and White Cliffs 18.2.

Roads are now open again after being closed for almost two days.

The city’s reservoirs also received a top up, with Essential Energy’s Group Manager Travis Nadge saying Umberumberka was now full.

“Umberumberka received an intake of 2100 megalitres which brought its volume up to 100 per cent and Stephens Creek had an intake of 3200 megalitres which brought the volume up to 75 per cent,” he said.

Mr Nadge said this equalled another four to six months’ supply.

The water at Umberumberka was at the spillway, he said.

“If we see significant rain in the next few months Umberumberka will overflow but Stephens Creek will need at least what we received over the weekend before it overflows.

“We can’t control the spillway but if the reservoir goes over we will instigate our dam safety plan which involves getting the SES and RTA to close the road and notify any residents downstream.”

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