I’m surprised they didn’t warn of an ‘angry summer’ (© The Climate Council).
Most Australians are in for a substantially hotter and drier-than-normal summer, the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest seasonal outlook says.
The bureau’s December to February Climate and Water Outlook predicts warmer-than-normal summer days and nights are more likely for all regions except western WA, southwestern Victoria and Tasmania.
While that outlook is less severe for western Victoria than was forecast in November’s three-month outlook, BoM climate prediction service manager Dr Andrew Watkins says the odds still slightly favour warmer conditions.
“You’ve got to remember that we’re coming off a very dry period and a very warm period in western Victoria,” Dr Watkins said.
“Things have been dry. Things have been hot and the bushfire potential is still very high in those areas.” (source)
If it’s as accurate as previous BoM seasonal outlooks, we should be in for a few months of cold and rain.