Dry, hot summer is forecast, according to Bureau of Meteorology

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

It looks like we’re in for another hot few months with the recent Bureau of Meteorology Climate Outlook forecasting drier than average temperatures and rainfall for the summer season.

The BoM’s Climate Outlook for December to February was released on November 29 and predicts warmer than average days and nights are likely for almost all of the country.

Looking locally, the outlook for rainfall over New South Wales during summer shows no strong push for either significantly wetter or drier than normal conditions.

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BoM’s manager of long-range forecasting Dr Andrew Watkins said the main driver for this outlook was the developing El Nino situation.

“In terms of temperatures thought it’s not looking really average at all, odds are above 80 per cent for virtually the hole state of it being warmer than normal both nighttime and daytime temperatures as well,” Bureau's manager of long-range forecasting Dr Andrew Watkins said.

Dr Watkins said the main driver for this outlook was the developing El Nino situation.

The maximum median temperature outlook for Dubbo between December and February was 32.4 degrees Celsius.

In Bourke the outlook for this period is 34.7°C and 33.5°C at Lake Cargellico.

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There will be a slight relief in temperatures at Mudgee with the maximum median temperature between December and February to be 29.9°C and just 25°C at Lithgow.

In terms of rainfall there is only a 100 per cent chance of just 10 milliemtres falling in North Bourke during the three months of summer.

While there is a 100 per cent chance of at least 100mm falling in Mudgee during the three months of summer, while