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All hot — and bothered about when the next rain’s coming

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April 13, 2018

ECHUCA-MOAMA smashed a heat record by an amazing 2C on Wednesday.

ECHUCA-MOAMA smashed a heat record by an amazing 2C on Wednesday.

We sweltered through our hottest April day, with the mercury reaching 38.2C — easily eclipsing the previous record of 36.4C (that’s 100.7F on the old scale), which had been reached more than 40 years ago in 1986.

The temperature was also a staggering 16C above average for the month making it a heat event and the last thing wanted by local farmers at this time of the year.

‘‘Obviously if it’s hot, we are using more water and having to water perhaps a second or third time, depending on how long ago we watered each paddock,’’ Bunnaloo sheep farmer Natalie Durrant said.

‘‘The hot, windy weather won’t be kind to anyone who’s pre-watered paddocks before sowing because all that sub-soil moisture is evaporating.

‘‘A lot of people are lambing so it puts extra pressure on the ewes too. To have 38C in April is pretty extraordinary and we’re all hoping for some cooler weather soon, and rain.’’

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