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September rain records fall in NSW, ACT

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016

Parts of NSW and the ACT have experienced their wettest September on record, even before the last drop of rain has fallen.

Coonabarabran in the state's central west recorded 250mm up to Friday, more than double its previous September record of 102mm.

Cootamundra on the Southern Tablelands has also more than doubled its record with 205mm, while Canberra is set to pass its 150mm record set in 1978.

The record rain, while replenishing state and territory water storages, are worrying grain farmers in NSW.

In the far inland north, a record September fall of 105mm in the Walgett area is endangering what otherwise was looking to be a bumper season.

Farmers want warm and dry weather between now and when harvest starts in October.

Grain growers in the central west and further south have a little more time to recover from the record drenchings.

Dubbo has recorded 158mm for the month - its highest September total since 1998 while Parkes busted its monthly record with 187mm.

A little south the Lachlan River has broken its banks around Forbes and further west.

Flood warnings are also in force for other inland rivers including the Macquarie, Warrego, Barwon-Darling, Murrumbidgee, Bogan, Murray and Belubula.

The weather bureau has forecast more above-average rain for most parts of southeast Australia between October and the end of the year.

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