Heat takes a back seat

GRIFFITH can expect a welcome reprieve from this year's scorching summer as a cool change causes temperatures to plummet.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has forecast below average temperatures for the rest of the week.

BOM Wagga technical officer Nigel Smedley said south- westerly winds were responsible for the chill in the air.

"There is a cold front moving through Griffith on Thursday but little if any rain will be associated with it," Mr Smedley said.

"The result of the cold front will be cooler and drier air across most of NSW."

The highest predicted temperature for the next five days will be 31 degrees on Sunday, which is still about one degrees cooler than Griffith's average February temperature of 32.1 degrees.

The cool temperatures come soon after welcome rain drenched the city at the weekend.

Griffith received 22mm of rain on Saturday with a further 20mm on Sunday, combining to exceed January's rainfall in two days.

Local wheat farmer Michael Pfitzner said the rain was good for his dry-area property.

"Everything's in a fallow stage ready for sowing in April but the rain is good because it builds up the soil reserves," Mr Pfitzner said.

"If we can add moisture to our subsoil that's all the better for winter cropping of wheat, barley, canola and peas more moisture gives us more confidence."

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