Record dry hits much of Tasmania

This year will go down as the driest year in history in many parts of Tasmania. Hobart, Burnie and Devonport are all set to register their driest year on record.

It has also been exceptionally dry in Launceston – but not as dry as in 1972.

Some Northern centres, like Burnie, have received only 40 per cent of their average annual rainfall.

“2006 will stand out in the record books,” Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Ian Barnes-Keaghan said.

“For instance, about 250mm of rain would need to fall in Ulverstone over the next 10 days to even meet that town’s previous driest year on record.