Hunter Local Land Services said Monday's rain was encouraging and welcome but much more needed

If you think Monday’s rain across the Hunter was a blessing, think again.

What rain the region did receive was hardly enough to settle the dust let alone break the drought, with decent late Winter rain needed to provide vital sub soil moisture.

On Monday Maitland received 4.4mm, Cessnock 4.8mm, Newcastle 1.2mm and Singleton 3mm.

Hunter Local Land Services general manager Brett Miners said while the rain totals across the Lower Hunter were low, any rain during the drought is encouraging and welcome.

“Like all farmers in our region we are hopeful decent late winter rain will bring relief to local producers soon,” Mr Miners said.

“Hunter Local Land Services reminds producers to use Droughthub online, to access up to date drought information and links to important services and available support. 

“It is crucial producers don't self assess when it comes to seeking support," Mr Miners said.