Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Hot, dry forecast increases bushfire risk

Cath McAloon, Wednesday September 25, 2013 - 12:32 EST
ABC image
A wet winter followed by a dry and warm spring and summer is expected to increase the risk of bushfires. - ABC

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

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Victoria weather: Strong winds hit Melbourne, southern parts of state as cold front moves through

21:31 EST

A deep cold front has swept through Melbourne and parts of southern Victoria, uprooting trees and damaging buildings with wind gusts of more than 100 kilometres per hour (kph).

Dry season storm dumps heavy rain on Darwin

18:23 EST

A 90-minute downpour has seen Darwin record more than twice as much rain as usual for the entire month of May.

Wet season wraps up with below average rainfall for many Top End cattle stations

17:53 EST

Despite a promising start to the wet season, many Top End cattle stations are entering the dry season with The bulk of the season's rain came with a monsoon trough which moved over the Northern Territory in , with little follow-up rain throughout January and February.