Weekly update - 18 April 2019

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Water and Agricultural Update

Due to Anzac Day public holiday next week, the next Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update will be published on Friday 26 April 2019 and not Thursday 25 April 2019.

Key issues

  • During the week ending 17 April 2019 rainfall was recorded across large areas of Western Australia and isolated areas of northern and eastern Australia.
  • In cropping regions, rainfall of between 5 and 15 millimetres was recorded during the week ending 17 April 2019 across scattered parts of northern Queensland and most of Western Australia. Little to no rainfall was recorded across cropping regions in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and remaining cropping regions in Queensland.
  • For the week ending 16 April 2019, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally above average across much of western and central Australia.
  • During the next eight days, little to no rainfall is expected across much of mainland Australia. Rainfall is likely to be restricted to the east, and the far north and south of mainland Australia, and Tasmania.
  • In cropping regions, rainfall of between 1 and 5 millimetres is expected across much of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, southern Western Australia and eastern Victoria. Little to no rainfall is expected across the remaining cropping regions in Western Australia and Victoria.
  • Water storage levels in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) decreased between 9 April and 17 April 2019 by 82 gigalitres (GL). Current volume of water held in storage is 8,440 GL which represents 33 per cent of total capacity. This is 36 percentage points or 4,700 GL less than at the same time last year.
  • Allocation prices in the southern Murray-Darling Basin increased from $443 per ML in the week ending 1 April 2019 to $497 per ML in the week ending 8 April 2019.

Climate

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Rainfall this week

During the week ending 17 April 2019 rainfall was recorded across large areas of Western Australia and isolated areas of northern and eastern Australia.

Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres were recorded across parts of north-eastern New South Wales, isolated parts of northern and eastern Queensland, large areas of north-west and central Western Australia, parts of southern Western Australia and the far north-east of the Northern Territory. Higher rainfall totals in excess of 50 millimetres were also recorded in north-western Western Australia.

In cropping regions, rainfall of between 1 and 15 millimetres was recorded during the week ending 17 April 2019 across scattered parts of northern Queensland and most of Western Australia. Little to no rainfall was recorded across cropping regions in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and remaining cropping regions in Queensland.

Rainfall analysis for the week ending 17 April 2019

Map showing weekly rainfall totals in Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 17/04/2019

Note: The rainfall analyses and associated maps utilise data contained in the Bureau of Meteorology climate database, the Australian Data Archive for Meteorology (ADAM). The analyses are initially produced automatically from real-time data with limited quality control. They are intended to provide a general overview of rainfall across Australia as quickly as possible after the observations are received. For further information go to Weekly Rainfall Update.

Temperature anomalies this week

For the week ending 16 April 2019, maximum and minimum temperatures were generally above average across much of the western and central Australia. Temperatures of 2°C to 10°C above average maximum were recorded across large parts of southern, central and western Australia. Minimum temperatures were 2°C to 8°C above average across vast areas of western Australia and parts of central Australia. Minimum temperatures were -2°C to -4°C below average in isolated parts of south-eastern Australia. Average (- 2°C to 2°C) minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded across the remainder of the country.

Maximum temperature anomalies for the week ending 16 April 2019

Map showing maximum temperature anomalies for Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 17/04/2019

Minimum temperature anomalies for the week ending 16 April 2019

Map showing minimum temperature anomalies for Australia. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 17/04/2019

Note: Spatial temperature analyses are based on historical weekly temperature data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. These temperature anomaly maps show the departure of the maximum and minimum temperatures from the average over the 1961 to 1990 reference period. For further information go to Daily maximum temperature for Australia.

Rainfall forecast for the next 8 days

During the next eight days, little to no rainfall is expected across much of mainland Australia. Rainfall is likely to be restricted to the east, and the far north and south of mainland Australia, and Tasmania.

Rainfall totals of between 10 and 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of coastal northern New South Wales, northern and southern Queensland, the far south-west of Western Australia, western Tasmania and the north-east of the Northern Territory. Heavier falls in excess of 50 millimetres are forecast for parts of south-eastern Queensland.

In cropping regions, rainfall of between 1 and 5 millimetres is expected across much of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, southern Western Australia and eastern Victoria. Little to no rainfall is expected across the remaining cropping regions in Western Australia and Victoria.

Total forecast rainfall (mm) for the period 18 April to 25 April 2019

Map of the total forecast rainfall for the next 8 days. Image provided by the Bureau of Meteorology. Please refer to accompanying text for a more detailed description. 

©Commonwealth of Australia 2019, Australian Bureau of Meteorology - Issued: 18/04/2019

Note: This rainfall forecast is produced from computer models. As the model outputs are not altered by weather forecasters, it is important to check local forecasts and warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Commodities

Current indicators – 18 April 2019

IndicatorWeek endedUnitLatest pricePrice week priorWeekly changePrice 12 months priorYear on year changeChart

Selected world indicator prices

Australian Dollar – AUD/USD Exchange Rate17-AprUS$/A$0.720.711%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.0.78-8%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Wheat – US no. 2 hard red winter wheat, fob Gulf16-AprUS$/t218221-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.240-9%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Coarse Grains – US no. 2 yellow corn, fob Gulf17-AprUS$/t163164<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.178-8%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Canola – Rapeseed, Europe, fob Hamburg16-AprUS$/t409407<1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.423-3%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Cotton – Cotlook 'A' Index17-AprUSc/lb87.187.5<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.92.8-6%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Sugar – Intercontinental Exchange, nearby futures, no.11 contract17-AprUSc/lb12.712.6<1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.11.97%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Wool – Eastern Market Indicator11-AprAc/kg clean1,9361,943<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.1,7769%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Wool – Western Market Indicator12-AprAc/kg clean2,0642,095-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.1,88410%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic crop indicator prices

Milling Wheat – ASW1, track quote, Port Adelaide, SA16-AprA$/t3023020%24225%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Wheat – General purpose, Sydney, NSW17-AprA$/t392402-2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.30031%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Feed Barley – Sydney, NSW17-AprA$/t3803654%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.28434%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Canola – Portland, Vic.29-OctA$/t597nana53611%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Grain Sorghum – Sydney, NSW17-AprA$/t3803800%410-7%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Selected domestic livestock indicator prices

Beef – Eastern Young Cattle Indicator11-AprAc/kg cwt481505-5%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.523-8%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Mutton – Mutton indicator (18–24 kg fat score 2–3), Vic12-AprAc/kg cwt488495-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.43811%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Lamb – Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator11-AprAc/kg cwt7136972%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.57225%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Pig – Eastern Seaboard (60.1–75 kg), average of buyers & sellers05-AprAc/kg cwt342340<1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.26927%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Goat – Eastern States (12.1–16 kg)15-AprAc/kg cwt6266260%46834%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Live cattle – Light steers ex Darwin to Indonesia13-AprAc/kg lwt2802800%285-2%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Live sheep – Live wether (Muchea WA saleyard) to Middle East04-Mar$/head105 105 0%124-15%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart

Global Dairy Trade (GDT) weighted average prices a

Dairy – Whole milk powder17-AprUS$/t3,2693,287<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.3,311-1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Skim milk powder17-AprUS$/t2,4622,468<1%This is an image of a white arrow in a red circle indicating a decrease in percentage points.1,91329%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Cheddar cheese17-AprUS$/t4,3194,2482%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.3,85512%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart
Dairy – Anhydrous milk fat17-AprUS$/t6,1265,8674%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points.6,120<1%This is an image of an white arrow in a green circle indicating an increase in percentage points. chart

a Global Dairy Trade prices are updated twice monthly on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Selected world indicator prices
Selected domestic crop indicator prices
Selected domestic livestock indicator prices
Global dairy trade weighted average prices
Movements in selected fruit and vegetable prices
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18 Apr 2019