The first widespread rains of winter often drench city folk with a sense of sadness — a stark reminder summer is over and a spate of gloomy days are ahead.
People scampering towards shelter while wielding umbrellas to fend off the downpour become a familiar sight, as sunshine and the regular 30C forecast slowly disappear into a distant memory.
The more than 105mm to lash Perth since Friday has kept the metropolitan population indoors to escape the wet and wild conditions.
But while rain overflows from gutters to make puddles in the concrete jungle, many farmers across the State are dancing for joy — the showers have washed away their woes.
The ominous clouds brought the 2019 season’s opening rains in the wake of the agricultural region’s driest January to May dating back to 1900 when weather records started.
The rain hit key agricultural areas throughout parts of the Mid West, Wheatbelt, South West and Great Southern to give thirsty paddocks a much-needed drink.
For Wheatbelt grain growers, it will hopefully provide recently sown crops with the water needed to flourish.
More than 35mm showered Tammin and about 30mm filled rain gauges at Bencubbin, while almost 40mm fell across Merredin, allowing farmers to dream of producing a bumper crop this season.
Further south, the soaking is being welcomed by cattle producers including Jim Quilty who enjoyed 77mm at his Elgin-based property, near Bunbury, at the weekend.
Mr Quilty is confident the rain will be fruitful in encouraging feed and fodder growth in the South West amid the rising cost of hay continuing to hit producers’ wallets.
Although some farmers are dancing in the rain, they have not forgotten about fellow producers who are yet to receive a drink. A devastating dry spell has hammered WA’s south coast and turned the region into a dust bowl, with the McGowan Government last month declaring Mt Short, near Ravensthorpe, water deficient.
It was followed by water deficiency declarations for the parched Mallee Hill, near Lake Grace, and Hollands Rock area in the Shire of Kent.
Since Friday, rain has been recorded at weather stations near the three bone-dry farming districts.
Lake King enjoyed 12.4mm on Tuesday, but longs for more, and Ravensthorpe is yet to enjoy a drenching, with just 9.8mm since Friday. So city dwellers, as you scurry from the showers, spare a thought for those in the bush who still need relief to rain down.