Summary of key issues:
- During the past week rainfall was mainly recorded across southern Australia, central Australia, Tasmania, and coastal and south-east Queensland.
- High maximum and minimum temperatures, up to 6 degrees Celsius above average, continued across large parts of southern Australia this week.
- The rainfall forecast for the next eight days indicates that falls in excess of 15 millimetres are likely across eastern New South Wales and Victoria, and north-east Tasmania.
- A drier than normal winter ismore likely for the southern mainland of Australia and parts of the tropical north.
- Water storage levels in the Murray–Darling Basin have increased by 79 gigalitres this week and are at 54 per cent of total capacity.
- The worldwheat indicator price (US No. 2 hard red winter, free on board Gulf ports) averaged US$328 a tonne in the week.
- The Australian grain sorghum indicator price (Sydney) was $349 a tonne in the week ending 27 May 2014.
- The Queensland young cattle indictor price (330 – 400 kg live weight C3) averaged 333 cents a kilogram in the week.
- The saleyard prices of lamb rose in most states in the week ending 23 May 2014.