Last Thursday the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, dry weather across Australia’s east coast will linger until 2019, extending drought conditions that have hit rural production and threatened the broader economy.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology said in its latest three-month outlook that there was just a 35-per cent chance that much of the country’s east coast would receive average rainfall between October 1st and the end of the year.
Fires have already ripped through southern New South Wales during winter, the spring outlook is dire, and there is twice the normal likelihood of an El Nino this summer.
Drought in NSW has been the story of the season as the dominant high pressure across the continent and cool oceans in the north-west this winter have stopped moisture from reaching most of the state. But it has not just been dry, it has been hot too.
Agencies across the country are preparing for the worst, as part of the early preparation large fire-bombing aircraft have arrived early in the eastern states.
Rainfall deficiency maps for Australia can be viewed at www.bom.gov.au
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