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Australia & New Zealand: Water deficits persist in Darwin, Tasmania, Perth, New Caledonia

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Australia & New Zealand: Water deficits persist in Darwin, Tasmania, Perth, New Caledonia

Widespread extreme water deficits spanning the middle of the country are expected to subside in the June through August forecast period. Deficits will persist in the Darwin region of the Northern Territory, on Tasmania, and in the southwestern extents of Western Australia through November. Recent surplus conditions in northern Western Australia, east of Darwin, and along the central Queensland coast are expected persist through November. In the December through February 2018 forecast period conditions are forecast to normalize with the exception of moderate deficits south of Darwin and in the Perth region of Western Australia.

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