Hot dry days ahead for eastern AustraliaSarina Locke, Wednesday December 18, 2013 - 14:12 EDT
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a for large parts of eastern Australia.
Most of NSW and north-east Victoria and Queensland have a 60-70 per cent chance of below average rainfall.
Dr Andrew Watkins, the manager of Climate Predictions at the Bureau, says northern Australia won't see much reprieve from drought in the short term.
"For the next month, we're looking at weaker tropical activity than normal, and the ocean temperatures to the north of Australia are slightly cooler than average and that doesn't help rainfall in those areas."
But Western Australia and most of Tasmania are more likely to have above the median rainfall for January to March.
The temperature follows the rainfall pattern.
The days are more likely to be warmer over the north-eastern half of Australia, while cooler days are more likely in south-western WA, south-western Victoria and northern Tasmania.
© ABC 2013
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