Dry spell puts Cobar on track for a record we don’t want

While Saturday was the warmer of the two days over the weekend, it was still very cool with a top of just 15.6 recorded. Spectators at Tom Knight Memorial Oval on Saturday afternoon made sure they were rugged up to watch the Ladies League Tag and First Grade games against Binnaway.

A cold snap which brought overcast conditions and freezing winds has failed to deliver any significant rainfall to Cobar, giving us one of the driest starts to the year on record.

Local historian John Collins examined the weather records dating back to 1882 and found that Cobar is on track to break the record for the driest January-June period ever.

In 1902 Cobar recorded just 15.5mm of rain in the six months to June 30, while this year just 12mm has been recorded so far, with no rain on the outlook for the week ahead.

After mild mid-week temperatures a cold front arrived on Friday.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday had all recorded tops of 18 degrees while Friday was cooler with a top of 16.4.

It dropped to a very cold 3.6 degrees on
Saturday morning before a top of 15.6 degrees.

Cobar felt the full force of the cold front on Sunday and Monday with both only reaching 13 degrees.

Despite some isolated showers in the area
on Sunday evening there was no rainfall officially recorded at the Cobar Meteorological Office.

Cool, wintery conditions are predicted for the coming week however there is little chance of any rainfall.

A top of 17 degrees is predicted today while tomorrow should be sunny with light winds and a top of 18.

A cool three degrees is expected for Friday morning before a top of 17 with another mostly sunny day.

Saturday should be sunny with another cool start, dropping to three degrees before a top of 19.

Similar conditions are again expected on Sunday with a forecast top of 19.

On Monday there is the slight chance of a shower although a mostly sunny day is forecast with a top of 18 degrees.