Wagga has endured one of the driest summers on record, clocking in the lowest rainfall rates the region has seen in 68 years.
With only 39 millimetres of rainfall recorded during the entire season, this summer had less than a third of the average seasonal rain.
It has been the driest summer in Wagga since 1952, when a mere 12 millimetres fell throughout the entire three-month period.
This summer was also the second hottest in 79 years, only being beaten out by last year's sweltering heat.
This year temperatures stubbornly hovered 2.3 degrees higher than the seasonal average, with 33.2-degree days and 17.5-degree nights.
The conditions have hit farmers hard, according to NSW Farmers Wagga chairman Alan Brown, who said it had been a "disastrously hot" summer for farmers who were already reeling from the bushfires.
"It's been a kick in the rear when the farmers didn't need it," Mr Brown said.
"December and January were just horrible, but at least February was quite good. There's an old wives' tale: if you get a dry summer there's a good chance of rain in March."
His optimism is shared by Weatherzone metereologist Brett Dutschke, who predicts the rain clouds will be making a reappearance in Wagga just in time for spring.
"I imagine there will be fairly lengthy cool spells and wet spells, with frequent bursts of rain looking ahead," Mr Dutschke said.
"Having said that, March is probably going to be noticeably warm - about one degree warmer than average - but it's unlikely to be as extreme as summer has been."
Mr Dutschke said some of the greater surrounding areas had already begun to see wetter-than-average rain patterns in February, and that Wagga was predicted to see the same trend in the coming weeks. "There's a pretty good chance that the spring season as a whole will end up being wetter than average," Mr Dutschke said.
"It's started trending that way over the past month, and we should see a continuation of that trend."
There was an increase in rainfall frequency for Wagga in February, however so far each rainy spell has been short-lived and added only small amounts to the overall volume.
Mr Dutschke predicts the coming season will bring in greater volumes of rainfall in addition to higher frequency.
However, the picture remains grim for the vast majority of regional Australia, with a whopping 98.7 per cent of the state suffering through drought, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Their data shows that 20.9 per cent of the state is going through "intense drought", with only 1.3 per cent of the state classified as being in "non-drought" conditions.