More rain forecast after wet weekend recorded across northern Victoria and southern Riverina

By Rodney Woods

While 2020 will be remembered for many reasons, many farmers in northern Victoria and the southern Riverina will remember it for the amount of rain that has fallen after several years of dry conditions.

That memory will be helped by the consistent falls that were recorded in the 24 hours to 9 am on August 8.

In Victoria, Echuca recorded 25 mm in the above timeframe, while a further 1.1 mm was recorded in the following 24 hours, Shepparton recorded 23.2 mm over the 48-hour period with the majority of those falls (22.8 mm) recorded on August 7, while Benalla recorded 16.2 mm across the weekend.

In NSW, Deniliquin recorded 33.2 mm to 9 am on August 8, which was preceded by falls of 1.4 mm the day prior and followed by 1 mm 24 hours later.

Tocumwal saw 25.8 mm across August 7 and 8, while Corowa recorded 22.4 mm over the same period.

The recent rain has seen Dartmouth Dam reach 53.55 per cent capacity, while Hume Dam is also just over half full at 51.8 per cent.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting more rain for both northern Victoria and the southern Riverina this week.