Hot, dry forecast increases bushfire riskCath McAloon, Wednesday September 25, 2013 - 12:32 EST
The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting warmer and drier conditions through until the end of the year, increasing the risk of bushfires.
The bureau's updated seasonal outlook predicts above normal temperatures and below average rainfall for most of the continent.
Manager of climate prediction services, Andrew Watkins, says the warmer and drier weather will follow a wet winter in many areas.
"That's led to pretty good grass growth and growth in the forests, particularly through inland Australia and west of the divide.
"So the wet and the warm that we had earlier in winter, moving into drier conditions toward the summer, mean that there's an increased risk of fire over the coming months."
© ABC 2013
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