Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Winter is coming, and it’s looking mighty mild

After an exceptionally warm and dry autumn, it’s time to look ahead to see what’s in store for winter. 

Autumn rainfall map
The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate outlooks for winter, issued today, shows above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall are likely across southern Australia. While some of us will relish the prospect of a mild winter, the dry isn’t necessarily good news for everyone.

Summer-like conditions continued into early autumn for much of southern Australia, including an exceptional heatwave in early April. Temperatures in autumn were warmer than average across much of the continent. New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria all experienced one of their warmest autumns since at least 1900. Overnight temperatures have also been warmer than average in most parts.

Read the report on The Conversation by a Climatologist with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Jonathan Pollock, and the Manager of Long-range Forecast Services, also from the Bureau, Andrew B. Watkins - “Winter is coming, and it’s looking mighty mild.”

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