Pockets of drought despite heavy rain

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Australia's rainfall has continued to track along steadily, but parts of Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory are still suffering serious shortfalls.

That's according to the Bureau of Meteorology's drought statement covering the past nine months, finding historically-low rain periods had generally eased across southern Australia.

Those places experiencing serious and severe rainfall deficiencies - that is, in the lowest 10 per cent of historical data - include western Tasmania, along with the base and pockets of the central to southeastern Top End.

Small parts of southwest Western Australia and the southern Goldfields are also experiencing that shortfall.

August's rainfall was above or very much above average in many parts of the nation, including much of eastern Australia, central to southern NT, inland-north WA and much of western and south coast WA.

August rain was only below average in small east-coast pockets between the NSW mid-north coast and Townsville.

The bureau also notes the southeast SA areas that had serious or severe deficiencies in the July report are now above that threshold.

Deficiencies in the NT are not expected to clear until the coming wet season, despite unseasonal rain in large parts of the north.

Australia's total storage volume is at 72.5 per cent at the end of August, however there's low storage conditions in parts of central Queensland, western Tasmania, western Victoria and the Wimmera-Mallee region of the Murray-Darling Basin.

Combined storages in the basin were 93 per cent, up from 82.5 per cent at the same time last year.