Hotter than average summer predicted
THIS summer expect hotter than average day and nights and a later start to the monsoonal period as neutral weather conditions warm the region and lessen the average cyclone outlook.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its climate outlook for this summer and meteorologist Alicia Tuppack said the predicted El Nino weather event has been changed to a neutral summer.
“We are currently sitting in a neutral oscillation pattern, in neutral conditions and although there was a potential to go into El Nino briefly this season, the chance has reduced and the new model data suggests it’s going to remain neutral throughout the Wet,” she said.
“The climate outlook has also just been released and the temperature outlook is really interesting, we’re expecting a 75 to 80 per cent chance of above average maximums.
“And with a 70 to 75 per cent chance of above average minimum, it’s going to be a hot summer both overnight and during the day from October to December.”
The rainfall for the wet season is expected to be average and the weather bureau expects the monsoonal period to start later than usual this year.
“The prediction is a later than average Wet, talking about the monsoon which is the true wet, the earliest it has been is around Christmas,” Ms Tuppack said.
“We’re expecting it around the end of January at this point, which is later than normal.”