On the far West Coast the weather has been unsettled for about a week, but a high-pressure system in the east has caused atmospheric stagnation and given the people of South Australia an unpleasant after-taste of summer.
There has been established a record for May heat far in advance of anything previously attained in Adelaide.
The best the month of May has hitherto put up was three days over 80 degrees, but the first week of May, 1918, has registered six consecutive days over 80. The month opened with 77.8,
and the consecutive maximum shade readings following were 81.7, 83.2, 86.0, 81.4, 83.3, 83.5; average, 82.4. The average for May is 65 deg.
The high pressure to the east that has caused the trouble is slipping away. But there is no high showing to the west to help to break the drought. South Australia is thirsting for rain; though the eastern agricultural areas have had a favorable opening of the season.
The pastoralists in the north and the South East want rain for the lambing. The South East is particularly dry, having received only about 2 in. of rain this year compared to an average of 6. in. However, there is still time for an excellent wheat season to develop.
In 1912 the rains did not set in until the end oi the first week in June, followed a fortnight later
by another soaking downpour.
Both the disturbances were monsoonal. But though the dry season broke up so late, July
August, and September were favorable, and there was a good harvest.
There is therefore no reason to be despondent about the weather.