Australian drought intensifies over past five months: Weather bureau

A fire engine is parked near a bushfire in New South Wales, Australia, on Aug 15, 2018.
A fire engine is parked near a bushfire in New South Wales, Australia, on Aug 15, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - A drought across Australia's east coast has intensified after near record-low levels of rain across much of the region over the past five months, the country's weather bureau said on Wednesday (Sept 5).

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said nearly all of the country's east coast recorded well below average rains between April 1 and Aug 31, plunging nearly all of the region into drought.

The bureau last week said the east coast will continue to experience dry weather for at least the next three months, offering little relief for farmers struggling to stay in business.