July-Sept 2020 rainfall outlook
Wetter months likely for late winter to early spring
The fortnight 29 June to 12 July is likely to be drier than average for most of Australia (mostly 60–75 percent chance, greater than 75 percent chance in parts of the inland southeast).
However, there are close to equal chances of a wetter or drier fortnight in much of western and southeastern WA, western Tasmania, and parts of the eastern seaboard.
However, looking longer-term, August to October is likely to be wetter than average for most of the eastern mainland, the NT, SA, and parts of western and southeastern WA (60–80 percent chance). Western Tasmania is likely to be drier than average (65–75 percent chance).
The northern Australian dry season spans May through September. Tropical northern Australia typically has very low rainfall totals during the dry season, and only a small amount of rainfall is needed to exceed the median.
‘First look’ August to October rainfall outlook:
Warmer days and nights for most of Australia
Daytime temperatures for the next two weeks (29 June to 12 July ) are likely to be warmer than average for most areas; likely 2–4 degrees warmer than usual for much of the northwest and northern Interior of WA, and up to 2 degrees warmer than average for the remainder of Australia.
For 29 June to 12 July, nights are likely to be warmer than average for the west, north, eastern seaboard, and Tasmania. Chances of warmer or cooler nights are roughly equal for much of the inland southeast and SA.
Days during July to September are very likely to be warmer than average across most of Australia (greater than 80% chance for the northern half of Australia, mostly 70–80% in other parts).
Likewise, night-time temperatures for July to September are very likely to be warmer than average for Australia (generally 65–80% chance for southeast SA, much of Victoria, and inland southern to southwestern NSW; greater than 80% chance elsewhere).
Source: Bureau of Meteorology. To view more outlook maps for coming weeks and months click here
Previous forecast versus actual rainfall
Maps below compare BOM’s rainfall forecast for March to May 2020, issued 27 February 2020, with actual rainfall recorded over the March to May 2020 period.
FORECAST MEDIAN RAINFALL MARCH 2020 to MAY 2020:
ACTUAL RAINFALL RECORDED MAR 2020 to MAY 2020:
Source: Bureau of Meteorology