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Hot, dry forecast increases bushfire risk

Cath McAloon, Wednesday September 25, 2013 - 12:32 EST
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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

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