Rain Is Coming But Will It Help Drought-Stricken Farmers?

Rain is desperately needed, but only more consistent falls will break the big dry.

Farmers across NSW and Queensland have been battling through the worst drought in 50 years but they could get some welcome relief as early as this weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that rain will fall across parts of NSW and Queensland but warns it could be a little patchy.

Between five - 10 millimeters of rain is predicted to fall in areas including Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Tamworth, Armidale and Cobar in NSW while between 10-15 mm could be seen in the south-eastern Queensland and northern NSW.

The heaviest rain expected could be falls of up to 50mm around the NSW centres of Narrabri, Inverell and Moree.

It's unlikely however, that such a small amount of rain will make a significant difference to drought-stricken farmers, according to Ten's weather expert Josh Holt.

"It’s good news but it’s not heavy enough to make a huge impact," Holt told ten daily.

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"I think with any drought situation, any rains are important but unfortunately,  when you talk about drought -- 15-25 mm, it's okay but it’s certainly not drought breaking."

Holt said to see a meaningful change to drought conditions consistent rain is needed over a number of months.

"To have an impact on drought you need not just one burst,  you need consistent rainfall over a period of time," he said.

"The ground is so bone dry at the moment and the rain just gets sucked up straight away so you need that initial rain and then follow up rains so that can ... stimulate growth."

This aerial photo taken on August 7, 2018 shows cattle on a dry paddock in the drought-hit area of Quirindi in New South Wales. (Photo by GLENN NICHOLLS / AFP).
Sheep on the Jerry family farm 'Marlborough', 40 km outside Coonabarabran, NSW. Image: Getty.

The Bureau of Meteorology in both Queensland and NSW are warning people against being too hopeful for the weekend's rains as falls are likely to be patchy.

"Storms may produce isolated heavier falls in Queensland, but the results are likely to be patchy. Fingers crossed for our farmers," the Bureau of Meteorology in Queensland tweeted on Monday.

The NSW Bureau of Meteorology has urged "people to be cautious about their expectations" and to "keep an eye on the most currently forecast".

While the rains are not expected to be drought breakers, it's expected the rains could help to ease bush fire conditions.

The latest forecast updates can be found at the Bureau Of Meteorology website.

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