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Persistent rainfall breaks a two-month dry spell across Tasmania

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People walking through the rain in Hobart on Tuesday. Image / Pulse

Farmers across Tasmania are celebrating the end of a dry spell, with a significant band of rain moving across the state today.

Senior Meteorologist Luke Johnston from the Bureau of Meteorology described the event as a “classic Autumn rain event”.

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The North West regions experienced the heaviest falls, receiving between 50-70mm of rain, while other northern areas saw 20-40mm.

Hobart was not left out, with around 20mm of rain falling on the city.

People walking through the rain in Hobart on Tuesday. Image / Pulse

Johnston said Hobart recently recorded its driest February and March since records began in 1889.

He says by contrast, many areas in Tasmania saw more rain in a mere six-hour window today than what was seen through the whole of February and March this year.

People walking through the rain in Hobart on Tuesday. Image / Pulse

The BOM are forecasting a dry end to the week following today’s wet start.

Agricultural body Tas Farmers says while today’s rainfalls are a relief, there’s still a long way to go in bettering conditions for their sector

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“Farmers are feeling quite tired and worn out. Periods of drought like we’ve gone through are incredibly draining,” said Tas Farmers CEO Nathan Calman.

“The rain is welcome, but it needs to be followed up by more rain to really have a long lasting impact”.

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