Bushfire and heatwave risk raised

The Climate and Water Outlook for Summer 2016-17 in Australia from the Bureau of Meteorology states bushfire and heatwave risks are raised.

The Bureau of Meteorology have released a video featuring Senior Climatologist, Robyn Duell who takes us through rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months.

“December is likely to be drier than average for most places, combined with warmer temperatures this may rapidly dry vegetation increasing the risk of bush fires” predicts Duell.

Vegetation growth from a wet winter coupled with an onset of drier conditions has contributed to bushfires in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

She states ” Models indicate most westerly winds than usual over South Australia in December, preventing northern wet season rains from reaching the south and can also raise the risk of heatwaves. Below average rainfall is likely in summer over parts of the east with above average rainfall expected in North West Western Australia”.