Three month BOM outlook arrives
THE Bureau of Meteorology released its summer (December 2018 to February 2019) climate outlook on Thursday.
As sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific continue warming, and an El Niño alert has been issued meaning about a 70 per cent chance of El Niño occurring over the coming months.
As a result, large areas of Australia are likely to be drier than average through summer.
It should be noted, however, that El Niño typically has a weaker influence in the current drought areas of southeastern Australia during summer than it does in winter and spring.
Warmer than average days and nights are likely for almost all of Australia for the Summer from December to February.
This warmth, combined with a predominantly dry landscape, means bushfire risk remains high in many parts of southern Australia.
In December, higher pressures over the southern Tasman Sea are likely to drive more humid air inland than normal, resulting in a welcome wetterthan-average December outlook for central and eastern New South Wales, and eastern Victoria.
For more information go to: http://www.bom. gov.au/climate/outlooks/#/overview/summary/.