Northern wet season delayed – BOM

17 December 2015

The latest three month weather outlook, from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), points towards a fairly neutral chance of exceeding the median rainfall for most parts of the country from January to March 2016.

The exceptions are north-west WA and the far northern tropical regions of the country, with below average rainfall more likely over the coming three months – which, typically, is the wet season for these areas. The BOM outlook for south-east Queensland and Tasmania suggests a wetter than average three months, while the south-east corner of the country is likely to be drier, influenced by a strong El Niño system in the Pacific.

Temperatures in January are usually the highest of the year and, in January 2016, are likely to be even warmer than average across the east and north, while cooler in western Victoria and most parts of SA – welcome relief following heat wave conditions this week.

El Niño indicators are close to peaking, which reportedly suggests the event is likely to ease from autumn 2016. 

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