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There's little hope in the autumn rain forecast

WARWICK has had one of its driest Februaries on record.

The region averaged just 2.6mm of rain for the month, which is well below the long-term average of 74mm.

In the past 25 years, only February 2014 rivals the current year. Then, only 9.4mm fell.

January was almost as poor. Warwick recorded 15mm, down from an average of 99mm.

The future does not look promising, either. The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting little autumn rain.

It predicts a 50per cent chance of an El Nino developing from autumn. This is double the normal chance.

El Nino events typically mean drier than usual autumns in southern Australia.

The BOM also forecast an 80per cent chance of above- average temperatures.

As of last week, Leslie Dam was 7.3per cent full. It holds about 7778 megalitres and has enough water to supply Warwick for another 17 months.

The last time Leslie Dam was this low was in October 2007. Its lowest recorded level was in 1986 when it dropped to 3.4per cent.

A SunWater spokeswoman said the dam could drop to 0.02 per cent before pumping ceases. Connolly Dam is 45.8per cent full, holding 1187 megalitres.

Storm King Dam is 42per cent full, with 917 megalitres, or enough water to supply Stanthorpe for 10 months.



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