Warmer, drier winter forecast for much of Australia

Grain Central, June 14, 2018

NORTHERN Australia and the south east mainland are likely to be drier than average for the July to September period, according to the latest outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology.

July is likely to be drier across the eastern half of mainland Australia, with parts of the southeast having a greater than 80 per cent chance of a drier than average month.

The El Niño–Southern Oscillation and the Indian Ocean Dipole are forecast to remain neutral during winter and thus have less influence on Australia’s climate.

Higher than average pressures to the south of Australia persist right through the season, resulting in weaker westerlies and fewer cold fronts from the Southern Ocean.

Daytime temperatures for July to September are likely to be warmer than average for northern and eastern Australia; nights are likely to be warmer than average for most parts, except the far north.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology


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