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Odds for a cooler and wetter summer for Tasmania

Sally Dakis, Wednesday December 18, 2013 - 14:29 EDT

Queensland, NSW and eastern Victoria are headed for hotter and dryer than normal weather for the next few months.

Conversely, predictions point to a wetter than normal season likely for southern Tasmania.

The predictions are contained in the Bureau of Meteorology's outlook for January to March, 2014.

Dr Andrew Watkins, the manager of Climate Predictions with the Bureau says eastern Australia won't see much reprieve from drought in the short term but the westerly weather patterns will mean cooler and wetter weather for Tasmania.

"The odds tend to favour above average rainfall, so we've got odds about 60 per cent or more of above average rainfall particularly for the southern half of the state" he said.

The period is also likely to be cooler than average for the state.

"The odds are pushing towards cooler than normal conditions, odds around 60 per cent mark, particularly in northern Tasmania of being slightly cooler than normal.

In general we're looking at something like slightly wetter and slightly cooler than normal conditions for the summer."


© ABC 2013

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