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No early wet season to ease drought

Neroli Roocke, Wednesday September 25, 2013 - 14:17 EST
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The Bureau of Meteorology outlook indicates neutral conditions across much of the continent. - ABC

There'll be no early onset of the wet season to ease drought conditions across inland Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology rainfall picture for October to December shows a below-average rainfall outlook across the state.

Climate liaison officer Jeff Sabburg says the chance of exceeding the median rainfall during the rest of the year is less than 40 per cent over most of the southern and central western districts.

September has already seen many locations break temperatures records and Mr Sabburg says that trend of hotter days is set to continue through the outlook period.

Mr Sabburg says the north-northwesterly winds are doing what they should but the dry conditions which already exist across the inland mean little or no soil moisture is being contributed to the equation.

Looking beyond December, Mr Sabburg says conditions appear to be neutral meaning most areas should expect their median rainfall for the period.

"We're not in a La Nina which we associate with wet conditions or the El Nino with its dry conditions."


- ABC

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