Drought and dry seasons
Long-term historical records indicate that our climate is becoming progressively warmer and dryer. This trend is expected to continue due to increased levels of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, with dry seasons likely to become more frequent over southern Western Australia.
The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has developed a Climate Change Response Strategy to focus its work in climate change on those areas of highest importance. The strategy identifies a range of actions including mitigation, sequestration, adaptation and governance, and rates them according to when the actions should be completed and the priority of the action.
DAFWA provides data and information on current seasonal climate through its network of automatic weather stations and seasonal climate forecasts through the Statistical Climate Information system.
In dry years, DAFWA provides a set of actions and information to assist growers and agribusiness in the management of seasonal conditions and their consequences.