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The worst drought in Australia ever recorded will drive up food prices and make barbecues and lamb meat very expensive on Sundays (stock image)

Rising food prices, forest fires and a VERY expensive roast on Sunday: how the drought will affect YOU

  • More than 99 percent of New South Wales suffers from a severe drought
  • The Bureau of Meteorology expects above-average summer temperatures
  • It also predicts little rainfall, which increases the chance of forest fires
  • Drought has already pushed up the prices of grain and meat and this is likely to get worse
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The worst drought in Australia ever recorded will drive up food prices and make barbecues and a Sunday lamb roast very expensive.

The threat of forest fires is also likely to worsen as the weather agency predicts very little rainfall and above-average temperatures this summer.

The great drought has pushed up food prices and has had a huge impact on everything from breakfast cereals to red meat.

The worst drought in Australia ever recorded will drive up food prices and make barbecues and lamb meat very expensive on Sundays (stock image)

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The worst drought in Australia ever recorded will drive up food prices and make barbecues and lamb meat very expensive on Sundays (stock image)

How the drought has pushed up food prices

LAM: Prices in Sydney have risen by 13.5 percent – a level that is more than eight times higher than inflation of 1.6 percent

BEEF: Prices have risen by 5.7 percent

BREAD: Prices have risen by five percent

KIP: Prices increased by four percent

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Index for the June quarter. Prices refer to the annual increase

Lamb prices in Sydney have risen 13.5 percent in a year, with a 2.8 kg lamb leg that is now being sold for $ 30.80 at Woolworths.

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The Sunday Roast favorite has seen prices rise at a level more than eight times the national inflation rate of 1.6 percent.

Bread prices in Sydney have risen by five percent, while beef prices have risen by 5.7 percent, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Rabobank, which specializes in rural financing, said the drought had reduced Australia's cattle herd to a low of 20 years.

The bank's senior animal protein analyst, Angus Gidley-Baird, said this meant that consumers would pay more at the beef checkout – even if it rained suddenly.

& # 39; Every sensible rain, particularly in Queensland and New South Wales, would see beef producers – in addition to feed lots and processors – re-enter the market to buy cattle from a very limited pool, & # 39; he said in a report.

The threat of forest fires is also likely to be exacerbated, as the weather office predicts very little rainfall and above average temperatures this summer (the fires in Busbys Flat in the north of NSW are pictured)
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The threat of forest fires is also likely to be exacerbated, as the weather office predicts very little rainfall and above average temperatures this summer (the fires in Busbys Flat in the north of NSW are pictured)

The threat of forest fires is also likely to be exacerbated, as the weather office predicts very little rainfall and above average temperatures this summer (the fires in Busbys Flat in the north of NSW are pictured)

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the drought to worsen this summer, from Sydney to southern Queensland and from the interior to Perth

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the drought to worsen this summer, from Sydney to southern Queensland and from the interior to Perth

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the drought to worsen this summer, from Sydney to southern Queensland and from the interior to Perth

& # 39; This allows prices to rise by more than 20 percent. & # 39;

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Kellogg has announced that it would increase the price of its popular breakfast cereals because the drought pushed up the price of wheat, corn oats and rice.

A spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that it would continue to buy its ingredients locally and continue to produce its popular grains, including cornflakes and rice bubbles, in Botany in southeast Sydney.

& # 39; We make most of our iconic grains here at our NSW plant and we use 100 percent Australian grains for these grains, & # 39; she said.

& # 39; Due to the unprecedented drought, the cost of our core ingredients has risen considerably. & # 39;

The spokeswoman said that Kellogg could not prevent prices from being raised for the new fiscal year.

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& # 39; This was not a decision we made lightly, but we are determined to always do everything we can to buy locally and support Australian farmers & # 39 ;, she said.

Lamb prices in Sydney have risen 13.5 percent in one year, with a 2.8 kg leg of lamb now sold for $ 30.80 at Woolworths

Lamb prices in Sydney have risen 13.5 percent in one year, with a 2.8 kg leg of lamb now being sold for $ 30.80 at Woolworths

Lamb prices in Sydney have risen 13.5 percent in one year, with a 2.8 kg leg of lamb now being sold for $ 30.80 at Woolworths

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the drought to worsen this summer, from Sydney to southern Queensland and from the interior to Perth.

& # 39; During the day, it is probably warmer than the average in Australia for the rest of 2019 and early 2020, & # 39; it said.

& # 39; From November to January, most of Australia has a chance of more than 80 percent on warmer than average days. & # 39;

Higher temperatures and no rain also increase the risk of forest fires.

Even before the start of the summer, the bushfire threat is now assessed as serious in the Hunter region north of Sydney.

A very high fire hazard warning is present from the far north coast to the southern beaches.

More than 99 percent of New South Wales is in drought, and 32.7 percent of the state suffers from an intense drought, the Department of Primary Industries said.

Kellogg & # 39; s has announced that it will raise the price of its popular breakfast cereals, as drought drives up prices for wheat, corn oats and rice
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Kellogg & # 39; s has announced that it will raise the price of its popular breakfast cereals, as drought drives up prices for wheat, corn oats and rice

Kellogg & # 39; s has announced that it will raise the price of its popular breakfast cereals, as drought drives up prices for wheat, corn oats and rice

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