Australia weather bureau says dry conditions likely to persist for rest of year

FILE PHOTO: A lone tree stands near a water trough in a drought-effected paddock on Jimmie and May McKeown's property located on the outskirts of town of Walgett, in New South Wales, Australia, July 20, 2018. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Dry weather across Australia’s east coast will linger until 2019, the country’s meteorological bureau said on Thursday, extending drought conditions that have hit rural production and threatened the broader economy. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said in its latest three-month outlook that there was just a 35-percent chance that much of the country’s […]

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