Heat sets in
Tuesday, 14th January, 2014
By Nick Gibbs
Broken Hill residents are in the midst of another heatwave with the hot weather experienced over the last three days expected to persist throughout the week.
The temperature will peak on Thursday and Friday with an estimated high of 42 degrees on both days, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
There will be little relief when the sun goes down with the nightly minimum not forecast to dip below 26 degrees until Saturday.
The outlook offers minimal hope for rain with a possible shower on Saturday before a slight change.
Graziers and farmers across Western New South Wales are enduring an extended dry spell with little rainfall in the last six months.
Ruth Sandow of Pimpara Lake Station located 200km north of Broken Hill said the lack of water was the biggest challenge facing graziers.
“Things are pretty dry at the moment right across the west,” Ruth said.
“Water (or lack of it) is certainly the biggest problem and is causing most graziers quite a lot of grief.”
Tandou Limited Agronomy Manager Greg Davies agreed the dry conditions weren’t ideal with the company’s cotton crop located near Menindee going without decent rain for a considerable period.
“We haven’t had much rainfall for the last few months; we had around 15mm in December but not much else in the six months prior,” he said.
Mr Davies explained that without decent rainfall it was a matter of adjusting the irrigation timetable to minimise the stress on the plants.
“When the overnight temperature is around 27 degrees and it reaches 43 during the day it does stress the plant, it’s not really getting a break,” he said.
“We are on about a 10 to 14 day rotation at the moment.”
With harvest due in April, Mr Davies reported the crop had a good start and high potential but said there was still a long way to go.