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Photo: Not so green ... Melbourne has recorded its driest year in 40 years. Picture: David Caird

Melbourne has notched up its DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD, with less than half the average annual rain falling on the city. The 40-year record was smashed at 9am (AEST) today with a measly 316.4mm of rainfall recorded in the past 365 days. Melbourne's average annual rainfall is 638.8mm. UNPRECEDENTED severe drought conditions persisted in Melbourne and surrounding areas over the last year. They have had an UNPRECEDENTED 10-year pattern of below-average rainfall, prompting a dire warning from the weather bureau. "Melbourne will need to experience significantly higher than average rainfall for sustained periods for water catchments to return to near-normal levels."
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