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

TAS set for a barrage of cold fronts

12:10 EST

While much of Australia's mainland sits under a high pressure system, it's a different story for Tasmania.

Hobart's Myer store to reopen in days despite 'devastating' stock loss and damage

11:15 EST

Most of Hobart's Myer store could be open within days but it faces "devastating" stock losses and damage, manager Peter Monachetti says.

NT weather: Conditions right for earlier, wetter 'build-up' over Top End

09:08 EST

Top Enders could see storm activity earlier and more often this season, with a key indicator for such conditions the strongest in 15 years, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has said.