Three month BOM out­look ar­rives

Euroa Gazette - - AGRICULTURAL NEWS -

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/.

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