How dry is it this year I wondered? So I went to the Met office by the airport and was given their website link, with daily rainfall, temperature etc readings for years back. From these I computed the following table:
The average rainfall from Jan to May is 280.5
So the five months to May 2013 are the second driest period in 7 years and with the May total less than half the average. With only 11 days to got to the end of a hot and so far dry June , the advice from all the Forest Department Tree Nurseries I have had, not to request trees for planting until July, is best heeded. Unless, that is, abundant water and labor are available for newly planted trees.